Excavations in Residential Areas of Tikal--Groups with Shrines

Excavations in Residential Areas of Tikal--Groups with Shrines

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Intensive excavations in settlement areas within greater Tikal generated far more than an understanding of the complex gradations of social classes at this lowland Maya site. Identification of a specific architectural pattern associated with relatively small shrines on the eastern side of certain residential groups, and of a distinctive mortuary program, provides a means by which a qplaza planq can be predicted using good site maps alone. This discovery enabled archaeologists to predict locations for high-status burials in residential as well as in ceremonial areas. Application of these findings at sites beyond Tikal has been demonstrated to be successful throughout the region and even beyond the Maya heartland. Identification of this qplaza planq also has led us to recognize nine other architectural group plans at Tikal, providing a model for planning excavation strategies and developing theories of cultural change at Tikal and other Maya sites.... dissertation proposal to excavate a number of such structures in groups located on a peninsula on the edge of the Bajo Santa Fe. ... objects placed in the graves suggests a higher social prominence for the individuals in them than those interred in Gp. 4F-1 and 2 (TR. ... excavations elsewhere at Tikal that the presence of a aquot;temple on the eastaquot; by itself is not diagnostic of aquot;intermediate class aquot; status.

Title:Excavations in Residential Areas of Tikal--Groups with Shrines
Author: Marshall Joseph Becker, Christopher Jones
Publisher:UPenn Museum of Archaeology - 1999-01-01

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