Classic Maya palace complex at Actuncan, Belize: a functional analysis of room architecture and ceramic assemblages

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dc.contributor Jacobi, Keith P.
dc.contributor Galbraith, Marysia H.
dc.contributor Stephens, Rachel
dc.contributor.advisor LeCount, Lisa J.
dc.contributor.author Lawhon, Taylor Denise
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-12T14:31:10Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-12T14:31:10Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003160
dc.identifier.other Lawhon_alatus_0004M_13689
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/5343
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This thesis aims to shed light on activities that took place during the Late and Terminal Classic period (ca. A.D. 600 - 1000) in eight contexts within the Maya palace complex at Actuncan, Belize. The form and paste composition of ceramic vessels gives insight on the potential function(s) of the spaces in which they were found. Combining ceramic data with an examination of a palace’s architecture and floor plan can allow one to infer function. Three types of structures were found within Actuncan’s palace complex: administrative structures, residential structures, and ancillary structures. Each of these groups has different criteria regarding architectural elements and layout, and ceramic assemblages. In addition, this research examines the socio-political status of the Late Classic inhabitants of Actuncan’s palace complex and their relationship to a nearby site, Xunantunich. Examining differences in palace architecture and associated ceramic assemblages from sites that were simultaneously occupied can shed light on hierarchical relationships. In particular, the frequency of ash ware rims and Chunhuitz group rims are examined. This research provides data to support the notion that Actuncan was subordinate to Xunantunich during the Late Classic period.
dc.format.extent 163 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Archaeology
dc.title Classic Maya palace complex at Actuncan, Belize: a functional analysis of room architecture and ceramic assemblages
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Anthropology
etdms.degree.discipline Anthropology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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