AuthorKosakowsky, Laura J.
KeywordsCuello Site (Belize)
Indian pottery -- Belize.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Belize.
Indians of Central America -- Belize -- Antiquities.
Mayas -- Antiquities.
Belize -- Antiquities.
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Description"This monograph adds important data on the development of Preclassic period ceramics in northern Belize."—American Antiquity"This book contributes to our understanding of early Maya society during an era that has only new been revealed."—The Chesopiean"Kosakowsky's book, produced in the clear, easy-to-read and well designed format . . . is a substantive contribution to Maya ceramic studies."—Journal of Latin American Studies
Table of ContentsPreface / Summary of the 1980 Excavation / Definition of Terms / Comparisons with the Cuello Ceramic Analysis by Duncan Pring / Type Descriptions (Swasey? Ceramic Sphere) / Type Descriptions (Xe? Ceramic Sphere) / Mortuary Vessels / Differentiating Features Between the Swasey and Bladen Ceramic Complexes / Type Descriptions (Mamom Ceramic Sphere) / Cocos Ceramic Complex / Type Descriptions (Chicanel Ceramic Sphere) / Mortuary Vessels / Early Ceramic Complexes in the New World / Ceramic Development at Cuello / References / Index / Abstract
Series/Report no.Anthropological Papers of the University of Arizona, No. 47
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