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Paleobotanical Section

Cavallaro, Dana A. [1], Lentz, David L. [1].

Spatial Distribution of Palm and Pine at the Ancient Maya Site of Dos Pilas.

The focus of this study was to analyze the paleoethnobotanical remains retrieved from the Late Classic (ranging from approximately A.D. 600-800) Maya site of Dos Pilas, Peten, Guatemala. Paleoethnobotanical remains collected during field seasons between 1989 and 1992 were separated using standard archaeological collection methodologies, (macroremains and flotation), allowing for analysis and identification of many of the remains. Initially unidentified charcoal samples were further analyzed using an FEI XL30 Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) with associated EDX system in order to obtain cellular structure orientations necessary for identifying such unknowns. Plant remains consist of such domesticated cultigens as maize, beans, and squash; and a variety of wood charcoal, especially palm and pine. Remains were analyzed to determine subsistence strategies, spatial deposition patterns based on residential social strata orientations, and further compared to paleoethnobotanical remains recovered from the nearby location known as Aguateca.

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1 - University of Cincinnati, Biological Sciences, 614 Rieveschl Hall, Cincinnati, OH, 45221, USA


Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Battelle South/Convention Center
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PPB006
Abstract ID:270

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