Wintersemester 22/23: Settlement Patterns and Resource Landscapes in the Late Classic Maya Site of Tzikin Tzakan, Petén, Guatemala

Photomontage by the author: Photo of the periphery of Tzikin Tzakan with drawing from Schele & Miller, The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art, 1986, p. 219.

Preliminary results on resource-based dependency

Paul Graf
(Ph.D. Student Anthropology of the Americas
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies)

Mapping the archaeological remains of entire settlements is challenged by hidden or buried features, modern disturbances, and contested lands. However, the degree of completeness of the known settlement structure has a significant impact on the interpretation of social issues such as population size, social structure, and political organization. As part of my PhD project at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, I am reconstructing a representative proportion of the settlement structure in the western periphery of the Late Classic Maya site Tzikin Tzakan. This is possible through a multidimensional approach that combines conventional surface surveys with multiple remote sensing and ground-truthing methods. My talk will give a brief introduction to my theory of resource-based dependency. However, special emphasis is placed on methodology and problems. Furthermore, the current status of the settlement map of Tzikin Tzakan including residential areas as well as resource zones will be shown. Finally, first results of the spatial analyses will be presented.

Der Vortrag findet am Montag, dem 14.11.2022 um 18 Uhr c.t. im Großen Übungsraum im 1. OG der Abteilung in der Oxfordstr. 15 statt. Wir bitten Sie, als Teilnehmende, während der Veranstaltung im Gebäude und Vorlesungssaal eine Maske zu tragen.

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