Salt-Production Equipment

Heather Mckillop

in Salt

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780813025117
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039497 | DOI:
Salt-Production Equipment

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This chapter discusses salt-production equipment prevalent in Punta Ycacos salt production sites during the Late Classic period. In this chapter, the artifacts discovered at Punta Ycacos are analyzed. The analysis of these artifacts suggested that a specific and limited activity was carried out. It also suggested that these salt production shops were non-domestic shops. The artifacts also indicated the existence of standardization in the equipment used in salt production and salt works among the four salt production sites in Punta Ycacos. This chapter uses two methods for the classification and analysis of the artifacts found in PuntaYcacos production sites. The first method classified the artifacts based on shared characteristics. This classification helped in assigning age to the workshops, in describing the ceramics and in comparing the artifacts with ceramics from other Maya sites. The second method employed the use of measurement and detailed observations on each pottery sherd and vessel support. This method provided description of the variability within types and aided in the examination of the nature of salt-production activities and the postdepositional setting of these salt workshops.

Keywords: salt-production equipment; Punta Ycacos; salt production sites; Late Classic period; artifacts; salt production; standardization; non-domestic shops; classification

Chapter.  12144 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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