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In Search of Maya Sea Traders - Heather McKillop

In Search of Maya Sea Traders

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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.

My first visit to Wild Cane Cay, 1981 -- Fieldwork at Wild Cane Cay -- Trips to town and visitors to the cay -- Household archaeology -- Obsidian trade -- Maya ancestors : keeping the dead at home -- A new dory -- Underwater archaeology -- Volunteers -- In search of the coastal Maya -- Returning to Wild Cane Cay in 1992 -- Provisions from Punta Gorda -- Submerged ancient saltworks -- Sea-level rise and ancient trade -- Settlement patterns -- Target practice -- Rough seas, submerged sites -- Coral architecture -- Truce with the sea.

ISBN: 9781603445962
ISBN-10: 160344596X
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 6th December 2004
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Edition Number: 1