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The Environmental Record of Human Populations and Migrations in the Copan Valley, Honduras

Cameron L. McNeil

in The Ch′orti′ Maya Area

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033310
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039527 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033310.003.0004
The Environmental Record of Human Populations and Migrations in the Copan Valley, Honduras

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This chapter examines the environmental record of human population and migration in the Copan Valley, Honduras, which is the most prominent archaeological site in the region defined in this book as the Ch'orti' area. It analyzes settlement patterns and material culture and explores how data from two sediment cores extracted from under bodies of water in the Copan Valley can contribute to debates on human population in this area. The findings suggest that Maya may have arrived in the valley a couple of hundred years prior to the arrival of K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo'.

Keywords: Copan Valley; Honduras; Ch'orti' area; archaeological site; human population; migration; sediment cores; Maya; material culture; K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo'

Chapter.  4506 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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