The Churches at Tipu and Lamanai

Elizabeth Graham

in Maya Christians and Their Churches in Sixteenth-Century Belize

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036663
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041834 | DOI:
The Churches at Tipu and Lamanai

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In this chapter, the excavations at Tipu and Lamanai are described, with a focus on the church at Tipu and the two churches built at Lamanai. What is known from documentary evidence about the two communities is summarized, church burials are discussed, and an attempt is made to integrate the information from archaeological and documentary sources. Reconstructions of what we think the churches looked like, based on archaeological data, are provided, and the overall narrative carries through to the end of the sixteenth century.

Keywords: Tipu; Lamanai; Church; burial; archaeology; ethnohistory; Franciscan

Chapter.  16262 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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