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Water, Cacao, and The Early Maya of Chocóla

Jonathan Kaplan and Federico Paredes Umaña

Abstract

Before the authors’ research, Chocolá was no more than an intriguing legend. Chocolá’s apparent political links to the greatest Preclassic southern Maya area polity, Kaminaljuyu, would make any discovery about Chocolá conceivably vital to a better understanding of Maya origins and New World archaeology, as both ancient cities are located in the Southern Maya Region. Two facts led researchers to search more specifically for the material bases for Chocolá’s rise to power: 1) Mesoamerica’s greatest rainfall, 2) cacao groves around the modern village lying atop the ancient city. Cacao was so impor ... More

Keywords: Maya origins, Mesoamerica, New World archaeology, cacao, water management, intensive agriculture, ancient trade, Southern Maya Region

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780813056746
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056746.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Kaplan, author
Universidad NACIONAL Autonoma de MEXICO

Federico Paredes Umaña, author
Proyecto Arqueologico Chocola