Roadwork: Long-Distance Causeways at Uci, Yucatan, Mexico

Scott R. Hutson, Jacob A. Welch

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A multiyear field project focused on long-distance causeways between Uci and Cansahcab in Yucatan, Mexico, supports their use for processions and pilgrimages, their role in the creation of multisite polities, and their involvement in the constitution of local authority. Yet details of the causeways' construction suggest that people contested this authority. Work was central to these dynamics and comes in the form of labor as practice, investments in the maintenance of relations with other-Than-human beings, and the ways that causeways produced embodied experiences that were ideal for their use in pilgrimages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-330
Number of pages21
JournalLatin American Antiquity
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the Consejo de Arqueología (INAH) for permitting this work (oficios 401-36/1032, 401-36/0296, 401-36/1454, 401-36/0588, 401.B(4)19.2013/36/0320, and 401.B(4)19.2013/36/2418). Funds came the National Science Foundation (BCS-1063667), the Waitt Foundation (#W10-08), and the University of Kentucky. We thank Bill Ringle, Chelsea Fisher, Céline Lamb, Daniel Vallejo-Cáliz, Barry Kidder, Megan Parker, and four anonymous reviewers for helpful suggestions. We thank Rubén Maldonado for giving us access to unpublished data.

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Society for American Archaeology.


  • Maya
  • archaeology of the senses
  • causeways
  • intersite integration
  • labor
  • pilgrimage
  • political authority
  • practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology


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