Cuello, Belize

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Small Maya farming settlement in northern Belize important as the earliest known site of the Northern Maya, excavated by Norman Hammond in the period 1975–93. Some fourteen major phases were recognized beginning in the middle Pre‐Classic, c.1200 bc, and ending around ad 300 during the early Classic.

The Swasey/Bladen Phase of the site has red and orange mottled ceramics, associated with tiny cobs of corn, and root crops such as cocoyam and manioc. There is some evidence for early Maya architecture in the form of plastered platforms which would have supported perishable superstructures.


N. Hammond, 1991, Cuello: an early Maya community in Belize. Cambridge: CUP

Subjects: Archaeology.

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