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Landscapes of the ItzaArchaeology and Art History at Chichen Itza and Neighboring Sites$
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Linnea Wren, Cynthia Kristan-Graham, Travis Nygard, and Kaylee Spencer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054964

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054964.001.0001

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The Archaeology of Chichen Itza

The Archaeology of Chichen Itza

Its History, What We Like to Argue About, and What We Think We Know

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(p.28) 2 The Archaeology of Chichen Itza
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Landscapes of the Itza
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Beniamino Volta

Nancy Peniche May

Geoffrey E. Braswell

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054964.003.0002

This chapter is a comprehensive overview of research at Chichen Itza written from an archaeological perspective. The authors present a historical review of excavations, settlement pattern studies, the interpretation of ethnohistoric sources, and the decipherment of hieroglyphic texts. They also discuss some of the main points of contention in Chichen Itza archaeology: its ceramic and architectural sequences, the timing of the end of construction, and the question of whether to consider it a Terminal Classic or Postclassic site. Based upon a careful consideration of multiple lines of evidence—including new data about ceramics, stratigraphy, and paleoclimatology—they conclude by offering a succinct picture of the urban growth of Chichen Itza, the development of its artistic and architectural programs, and its interactions with surrounding sites.

Keywords:   Maya, Chichen Itza, Stratigraphy, Paleoclimatology

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