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Motul de San JoséPolitics, History, and Economy in a Classic Maya Polity$
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Antonia E. Foias and Kitty F. Emergy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813041902

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813041902.001.0001

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Preliminary Investigations in Macro- and Microbotany at Motul de San José

Preliminary Investigations in Macro- and Microbotany at Motul de San José

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(p.275) 10 Preliminary Investigations in Macro- and Microbotany at Motul de San José
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Motul de San José
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Andrew R. Wyatt

David M. Jarzen

Lizzy Hare

Kitty F. Emery

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813041902.003.0010

The recovery of botanical remains from archaeological deposits in the Maya area is problematic for reasons of excavation strategy, recovery method, and preservation of the remains. The Motul de San José Ecology Sub-Project has investigated the effectiveness of macrobotanical and microbotanical recovery method techniques and the preservational condition of the returned remains. These tests allow us to suggest appropriate methods for future studies here and elsewhere. Aside from the description of the methods used and the problems encountered, the chapter also presents the preliminary results of the archaeological plant remains encountered at the site. The most surprising finding is the identification of pine in several deposits, a species not found in this region, but of great ritual significance for the Maya.

Keywords:   Classic Maya, Archaeobotany, Environment, Microbotany, Macrobotany

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