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Author McKillop, Heather Irene, 1953- author.

Title In Search of Maya Sea Traders
Published TAMU Press [Imprint] 2004 College Station : Texas A & M University Press

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Series Texas A and M University Anthropology Ser. No. 11
Texas A and M University Anthropology Ser. ; no. 11
Contents PREFACE -- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS -- CHAPTER 1 MY FIRST VISIT TO WILD CANE CAY, 1981 -- CHAPTER 2 FIELD WORK AT WILD CANE CAY -- CHAPTER 3 TRIPS TO TOWN AND VISITORS TO THE CAY -- CHAPTER 4 HOUSEHOLD ARCHAEOLOGY -- CHAPTER 5 OBSIDIAN TRADE -- CHAPTER 6 MAYA ANCESTORS KEEPING THE DEAD AT HOME -- CHAPTER 7 A NEW DORY -- CHAPTER 8 UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY -- CHAPTER 9 VOLUNTEERS -- CHAPTER 10 IN SEARCH OF THE COASTAL MAYA -- CHAPTER 11 RETURNING TO WILD CANE CAY IN 1992 -- CHAPTER 12 PROVISIONS FROM PUNTA GORDA -- CHAPTER 13 SUBMERGED ANCIENT SALTWORKS
CHAPTER 14 SEAU LEVEL RISE AND ANCIENT TRADE -- CHAPTER 15 SETTLEMENT PATTERNS -- CHAPTER 176 TARGET PRACTICE -- CHAPTER 17 ROUGH SEAS, SUBMERGED SITES -- CHAPTER 18 CORAL ARCHITECTURE -- CHAPTER 19 TRUCE WITH THE SEA -- NOTES -- REFERENCES -- INDEX
Summary Annotation Stone temples rising above the rainforest canopy and elaborate hieroglyphs carved onto stone monuments give silent testimony to the high culture of the Maya ancestors of the indigenous peoples of Central America. They have inspired generations of archaeologists, professional and avocational, to take to the field in search of the past. One such archaeologist is Heather McKillop, who in 1979 first visited the coast of Belize in search of a little-known aspect of ancient Maya life: the sea trade that helped move salt, obsidian, coral, and other goods around the interior of the empire. In 1982, she began bringing volunteers and students to the islands off the coast of Port Honduras, Belize. Since then she has returned many times to excavate sites that reveal the scope and diversity of the trade that passed by water throughout the Maya world. In this book, McKillop tells the story of the search for the Maya sea traders, as well as the story of the traders themselves as it emerges from the excavations. In Search of Maya Sea Traders describes the trading port of Wild Cane Cay, where exotic obsidian, jade, gold, and other goods--including highly crafted pots--were traded from distant lands. McKillop also tells us about the more coastal-inland trade of salt, seafood, and other marine resources. Through the story of her own work and that of her students and volunteers, McKillop models both the research design and the field work that are required to interpret the civilizations of the past. She includes the adventure of discovery, the challenges of working in wild environments (from snakes and rising sea levels to falling coconuts) and the tedium of daily measured digs in a near-tropical setting. Through her experiences, the reader also gets to know some of the local residents of Port Honduras and Wild Cane Cay, descendants of the ancient Maya. In Search of Maya Sea Traders will appeal to that part of each of us that l
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-217) and index
Audience Trade Texas A & M University Press
Subject Mayas -- Commerce
Mayas -- Antiquities.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Belize -- Punta Gorda Region
Underwater archaeology -- Belize -- Punta Gorda Region
Coastwise navigation -- Belize -- Punta Gorda Region
Social Science / Anthropology.
Antiquities
Coastwise navigation
Excavations (Archaeology)
Mayas -- Antiquities
Mayas -- Commerce
Underwater archaeology
Wild Cane Cay Site (Belize)
Punta Gorda Region (Belize) -- Antiquities
Belize -- Wild Cane Cay Site
Form Electronic book
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