In Search of Maya Sea Traders

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Texas A&M University Press, 2004 - Social Science - 245 pages
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Archaeologist Heather McKillop shares the experiences she had off the coast of Belize while searching for clues about the little known ancient Maya sea trade. This recollection of her work there includes the adventure of discovery, as the story of the traders emerges from the excavations. She describes the trading port of Wild Cane Cay, where exotic goods were traded from distant lands, and also discusses the more coastal-inland trade there. Through the story of her work, McKillop models the research design and field work required to interpret civilizations of the past.
 

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Contents

Fieldwork at Wild Cane Cay
17
Obsidian Trade
41
A New Dory
89
in search of other maya sites
105
Returning to Wild Cane Cay in 1992
123
SeaLevel Rise and Ancient Trade
137
Target Practice
156
Coral Architecture
171
Truce with the Sea
184
References
207
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Heather is associate professor of anthropology at Louisiana State University and coeditor of Coastal Maya Trade.

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