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“Empty” Spaces and Public Places

Cynthia Robin

in Chan

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780813039831
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043753 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813039831.003.0008
“Empty” Spaces and Public Places

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This chapter focuses on the West Plaza of the community center at the Maya farming community of Chan. The West Plaza was a key location for community-wide ritual and ceremonies and the largest open plaza space at Chan. Methodologically this chapter pays special attention to microartifact analysis. Microartifacts are the micro remains of ancient activities that tend to stay in place because they are too small to be swept or thrown away by ancient people. Thus they provide archaeology with a window into the ancient activities that took place in a space.

Keywords: Archaeology; Maya; Chan; farming community; microartifact analysis; plaza; ritual

Chapter.  6987 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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