UCL logo

UCL Discovery

UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Ancient Maya Settlement and the Alacranes Bajo: Landscape and Communities in the Three Rivers Region

Hammond, GA; (2016) Ancient Maya Settlement and the Alacranes Bajo: Landscape and Communities in the Three Rivers Region. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

[img]
Preview
Text
EDITED - COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL REMOVED 2016 GAIL HAMMOND PHD FINAL.pdf

Download (44MB) | Preview

Abstract

This thesis represents the archaeological investigation of a distinctive zone of the Three Rivers Region (TRR) of far northwestern Belize. The zone is dominated by the Alacranes Bajo, a seasonally inundated karstic depression bordered by the settlements of Nojol Nah and Tulix Mul. Understanding the relationship of the settlements to the bajo and to the wider political landscape of the TRR makes an important contribution to our knowledge of land use by the ancient Maya. My research seeks to discover whether the settlements on the eastern edge of the Alacranes Bajo could be described as bajo-centric. That is, were they specifically located with the purpose of utilising the bajo’s resources? Or, do the settlements fit a wider pattern characteristic of the TRR in areas without bajos? To address these questions, excavations were undertaken of households, monumental structures, and selected landscape features associated with Nojol Nah and Tulix Mul. The results of the excavations--chronology of settlement, status of occupants, nature of local and regional economy as well as analyses of burials and artefacts--are described and assessed within the local, regional and inter-regional context.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Ancient Maya Settlement and the Alacranes Bajo: Landscape and Communities in the Three Rivers Region
Event: University College London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Third party copyright material has been removed from ethesis.
Keywords: Maya Archaeology, Bajos, Three Rivers Region, Landscape Archaeology, Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1505709
Downloads since deposit
98Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item