Master of Arts (MA)
Geography and Anthropology
The Punta Ycacos Lagoon is home to many Classic Maya saltworks. Located in Paynes Creek National Park in southern Belize, these ancient sites may unlock answers to understanding Classic period trade along the southern coast of Belize. Archaeological investigations took place at one such site, the Eleanor Betty Site, in order to determine organization and architectural function. One transect was excavated along what is hypothesized to be the interior of a wooden structure. Using ethnographic, ethnohistoric data, in conjunction with archaeological fieldwork, the function of the structure within the salt-production site has been analyzed. The presence of preserved wooden posts, and an abundance of briquetage indicate this was a structure used in the salt production process at this site.
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Spann, Tamara L., "Salt of the Maya: Evidence of Prehispanic Salt Production and Architectural Function at the Eleanor Betty Site, Paynes Creek National Park, Belize" (2012). LSU Master's Theses. 474.
McKillop, Heather I.