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Animal Resource Use and Exchange at an Inland Maya Port: Zooarchaeological Investigations at Trinidad de Nosotros

Erin Kennedy Thornton

in Motul de San José

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041902
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043425 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813041902.003.0012
Animal Resource Use and Exchange at an Inland Maya Port: Zooarchaeological Investigations at Trinidad de Nosotros

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Analysis of archaeological animal remains from the subsidiary inland port of Trinidad de Nosotros documents how animals were used as dietary, raw material, ritual, and prestige goods from Preclassic (ca. 800 B.C.- A.D. 250) through Postclassic (A.D. 1000-1500) times. Based on the site's lacustrine location, specific attention is given to the contribution of aquatic resources to the prehistoric Maya diet, and what impact archaeological excavation and recovery methods have on our interpretation of aquatic resource use. Temporal and spatial variation in the zooarchaeological record at Trinidad de Nosotros also provides insights into patterns of elite animal use and the site's economic status and role within the larger Motul polity during the Late Classic period.

Keywords: Classic Maya; Zooarchaeology; Environment exploitation; Production

Chapter.  9361 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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