Ancient Maya Traders of Ambergris Caye by Dr. Thomas H. Guderjan

By Dr. Thomas H. Guderjan

Archaeologists are not sure precisely while the Maya inhabited the coastal components of Belize, yet plentiful proof exists to help an intensive maritime alternate community alongside the coast by means of A.D. six hundred This quantity makes a speciality of the maritime exchange community websites on Ambergris Caye, Belize the place excavations have published remnants of very small villages, or camps, alongside the Caribbean coastline.

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They may well have taken over existing trade routes and consolidated them into one great network. It is also true that Postclassic ports such as Tulum and Ixpaatun were spread further apart than the Classic ports before them. The later ports were also larger and defended from land attacks. group forced local 'Mom-and-Pop' operations out of business. Then, the Putlin would have needed to carefully locate and defend their outposts from pirates and raiders from competing groups. A French-Mexican expedition led by Michel Piessel in 1988 \vas able to show that coastal traders could easily travel 30 ormore miles in a single day.

Though it is difficult to know how these people lived, it is clear that the resources of the sea and the wealth from maritime commerce allowed them to live very well indeed. 39 Other Publications Glassman, David, and James F. Garber 1999 Land Use, Diet, and Their Effects on the Biology of the Prehistoric Maya of Northern Ambergris Cay, Belize. In Reconstructing Ancient Maya Diet, edited by Christine White. University of Utah Press, Provo. Graham, Elizabeth, and David Pendergast 1989 Excavations at the Marco Gonzalez Site, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Graham, Elizabeth, and David Pendergast 1989 Excavations at the Marco Gonzalez Site, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Journal ofField Archaeology 16:1-16. Guderjan, Thomas H. 1988 Maya Trade at San Juan, Ambergris Caye, Belize. D. dissertation, Department of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. 1995 Maya Settlement and Trade on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Ancient Mesoamerica 6:147-159. 2004 Elite Burial Rites from the Site of Chac Balam on Ambergris Caye, Belize. , and James F. Garber 1995 Maya Maritime Trade, Settlement, and Populations on Ambergris Caye, Belize.

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