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dc.contributor.authorInomata, Takeshi
dc.contributor.authorFernandez-Diaz, Juan Carlos
dc.contributor.authorTriadan, Daniela
dc.contributor.authorGarcía Mollinedo, Miguel
dc.contributor.authorPinzón, Flory
dc.contributor.authorGarcía Hernández, Melina
dc.contributor.authorFlores, Atasta
dc.contributor.authorSharpe, Ashley
dc.contributor.authorBeach, Timothy
dc.contributor.authorHodgins, Gregory W. L.
dc.contributor.authorDurón Díaz, Juan Javier
dc.contributor.authorGuerra Luna, Antonio
dc.contributor.authorGuerrero Chávez, Luis
dc.contributor.authorHernández Jiménez, María de Lourdes
dc.contributor.authorMoreno Díaz, Manuel
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-19T02:03:31Z
dc.date.available2021-11-19T02:03:31Z
dc.date.issued2021-10-25
dc.identifier.citationInomata, T., Fernandez-Diaz, J. C., Triadan, D., García Mollinedo, M., Pinzón, F., García Hernández, M., Flores, A., Sharpe, A., Beach, T., Hodgins, G. W. L., Durón Díaz, J. J., Guerra Luna, A., Guerrero Chávez, L., Hernández Jiménez, M. L., & Moreno Díaz, M. (2021). Origins and spread of formal ceremonial complexes in the Olmec and Maya regions revealed by airborne lidar. Nature Human Behaviour.en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/s41562-021-01218-1
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/662357
dc.description.abstractCity plans symbolizing cosmologies have long been recognized as a defining element of Mesoamerican civilizations. The origins of formal spatial configurations are thus the key to understanding early civilizations in the region. Assessment of this issue, however, has been hindered by the lack of systematic studies of site plans over broad areas. Here, we report the identification of 478 formal rectangular and square complexes, probably dating from 1,050 to 400 bc, through a lidar (laser imaging, detection and ranging) survey across the Olmec region and the western Maya lowlands. Our analysis of lidar data also revealed that the earlier Olmec centre of San Lorenzo had a central rectangular space, which possibly provided the spatial template for later sites. This format was probably formalized and spread after the decline of San Lorenzo through intensive interaction across various regions. These observations highlight the legacy of San Lorenzo and the critical role of inter-regional interaction.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAlphawood Foundationen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLCen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited.en_US
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dc.titleOrigins and spread of formal ceremonial complexes in the Olmec and Maya regions revealed by airborne lidaren_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn2397-3374
dc.contributor.departmentSchool of Anthropology, University of Arizonaen_US
dc.identifier.journalNature Human Behaviouren_US
dc.description.note6 month embargo; published 25 October 2021en_US
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item from the UA Faculty Publications collection is made available by the University of Arizona with support from the University of Arizona Libraries. If you have questions, please contact us at repository@u.library.arizona.edu.en_US
dc.eprint.versionFinal accepted manuscripten_US
dc.identifier.pii1218
dc.source.journaltitleNature Human Behaviour
dc.source.volume5
dc.source.issue11
dc.source.beginpage1487
dc.source.endpage1501


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