Phantom lithics at chunchucmil, Yucatán, Mexico

Bruce H. Dahlin, Marjukka Bastamow, Timothy Beach, Zachary X. Hruby, Scott R. Hutson, Daniel Mazeau

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This chapter addresses one of the more interesting conundrums faced by the Pakbeh Regional Economy Program (PREP), which investigated the predominantly Early Classic lowland Maya site of Chunchucmil, Yucatán. Why, when it was the most accessible stone-cutting medium, was the number of artifacts made out of chert so low in all contexts, including domestic ones? Very low-quality chert, or what we call "silicified limestone," is seemingly everywhere on the karstic landscape, and high-quality chert can be found some 30 to 60 kilometers inland in the Puuc region. We propose that silicified limestone was the primary material used to make stone tools in northern Yucatán, but that preservation and other issues of archaeological collection techniques have left this material unrecognized.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Technology of Maya Civilization
Subtitle of host publicationPolitical Economy Amd Beyond in Lithic Studies
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781317544173
StatePublished - Oct 14 2014

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Zachary X. Hruby, Geoffrey E. Braswell, and Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos 2011.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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