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Salt: White Gold of the Ancient Maya

Heather McKillop

Abstract

This book reports the discovery, excavation, and interpretation of Late Classic Maya salt works on the coast of Belize, transforming our knowledge of the Maya salt trade and craft specialization while providing new insights on sea-level rise in the Late Holocene as well. Salt, basic to human existence, was scarce in the tropical rainforests of Belize and Guatemala, where the Classic Maya civilization thrived between A.D. 300 and 900. The prevailing interpretation has been that salt was imported from the north coast of the Yucatan. However, the underwater discovery and excavation of salt works ... More

Keywords: Classic Maya, salt works, Belize, sea-level rise, Late Holocene, Punta Ycacos Lagoon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780813025117
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813025117.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather McKillop, author
Louisiana State University