By Heather McKillop
One such archaeologist is Heather McKillop, who in 1979 first visited the coast of Belize looking for a little-known point of old Maya lifestyles: the ocean alternate that helped stream salt, obsidian, coral, and different items round the inside of the empire. In 1982, she started bringing volunteers and scholars to the islands off the coast of Port Honduras, Belize. seeing that then she has back again and again to excavate websites that demonstrate the scope and variety of the alternate that glided by water through the Maya world.
In this booklet, McKillop tells the tale of the quest for the Maya sea investors, in addition to the tale of the investors themselves because it emerges from the excavations. looking for Maya Sea investors describes the buying and selling port of untamed Cane Cay, the place unique obsidian, jade, gold, and different goods—including hugely crafted pots—were traded from far-off lands. McKillop additionally tells us concerning the extra coastal-inland exchange of salt, seafood, and different marine resources.
Through the tale of her personal paintings and that of her scholars and volunteers, McKillop types either the learn layout and the sphere paintings which are required to interpret the civilizations of the previous. She contains the journey of discovery, the demanding situations of operating in wild environments (from snakes and emerging sea degrees to falling coconuts) and the tedium of day-by-day measured digs in a near-tropical surroundings. via her reviews, the reader additionally will get to grasp the various neighborhood citizens of Port Honduras and Wild Cane Cay, descendants of the traditional Maya.
In seek of Maya Sea investors will attract that a part of every one folks that longs to discover overseas and cultures, searching for a seldom-glimpsed past.
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Sorting them on a light table into their chemically determined groups, I noticed they were visually distinctive: Those from Ixtepeque were brilliant and clear with a slight brown cast. 3 Percentages of obsidian artifacts chemically identiﬁed with different outcrops in the Late Classic and Early Postclassic (by Mary Lee Eggart). slightly speckled. Some of the El Chayal and Ixtepeque obsidian had dark bands, so this was not a distinguishing trait. The three source Z artifacts were distinctive: They had a matte surface appearance and a slight bluish cast and were speckled.
The similarity in forms with chert artifacts from the chert-processing center of Colha (in northern Belize), particularly in the Postclassic, supports an interpretation that the chert was imported from that area. Clearly, a search for more local sources of chert in southern Belize needs to be carried out to examine this explanation. Volcanic stone from the distant highland regions of Mesoamerica included pumice, basalt, and obsidian. The pumice was not imported by the ancient Maya but ﬂoated down the Motagua River and carried north along the Caribbean coast by coastal currents.
I knew it was a palm fruit, not common in southern Belize but widely available in the northern part of the country. Also known as supa, the fresh fruit has a sweet, orange ﬂesh around the nut. ” The seeds look like peppercorns, with the same size and a similar corrugated appearance. 6 Cohune nuts (Orbigyna cohune) with prehistoric endocarps and inset showing modern fruit inside. markets throughout Belize, including Punta Gorda, in late June and July. Sold in small plastic bags containing perhaps twenty-ﬁve fruits covered in salt, crabbo was especially popular with children.
In Search of Maya Sea Traders by Heather McKillop