Preliminary Investigations in Macro- and Microbotany at Motul de San José

Andrew R. Wyatt, David M. Jarzen, Lizzy Hare and Kitty F. Emery

in Motul de San José

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041902
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043425 | DOI:
Preliminary Investigations in Macro- and Microbotany at Motul de San José

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The recovery of botanical remains from archaeological deposits in the Maya area is problematic for reasons of excavation strategy, recovery method, and preservation of the remains. The Motul de San José Ecology Sub-Project has investigated the effectiveness of macrobotanical and microbotanical recovery method techniques and the preservational condition of the returned remains. These tests allow us to suggest appropriate methods for future studies here and elsewhere. Aside from the description of the methods used and the problems encountered, the chapter also presents the preliminary results of the archaeological plant remains encountered at the site. The most surprising finding is the identification of pine in several deposits, a species not found in this region, but of great ritual significance for the Maya.

Keywords: Classic Maya; Archaeobotany; Environment; Microbotany; Macrobotany

Chapter.  5850 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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