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Perspectives on the Ancient Maya of Chetumal Bay$
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Debra S. Walker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062792

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062792.001.0001

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Ancient Maya Life on the Fringes of Chetumal Bay

Ancient Maya Life on the Fringes of Chetumal Bay

An Introduction

(p.3) 1 Ancient Maya Life on the Fringes of Chetumal Bay
Perspectives on the Ancient Maya of Chetumal Bay

Debra S. Walker

University Press of Florida

Chapter 1 introduces the volume. It describes the geography of Chetumal Bay and its settlement history as well as problems in the archaeological chronology and the history of archaeological research in the region. It outlines relevant colonial and native documents (Chilam Balam) that inform us about the region prior to and at European contact. The origins of the terms Chetumal and Dzuluinicob are also considered, as are the migrations from Petén at the end of the Classic era, particularly the place called Siyan Kaan Bak’halal. After a review of various authors’ contributions, it outlines theoretical perspectives that track through the volume, focusing on settled landscapes, multiethnic communities, and trade.

Keywords:   Chetumal, geography, chronology, colonial documents, Chilam Balam, landscapes, multiethnic communities, trade, Dzuluinicob, Siyan Kaan Bak’halal

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