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Limestone Quarrying and Household Organization at Chan

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/9780813039831.003.0011
Limestone Quarrying and Household Organization at Chan

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Quarries are a common feature of the Maya landscape. This chapter explores limestone quarrying and household organization at the Maya farming community of Chan. At Chan, soft limestone, primarily used as fill material, was informally accessed by residents from quarry areas nearby their homes. Hard tabular limestone, largely used as building facing material, was differentially accessed by specialized quarrying households.

Keywords: Maya; Chan; farming community; quarries; limestone; household

Chapter.  7136 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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