Date of Award

12-11-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Jeffrey B. Glover

Second Advisor

Dominique Rissolo

Third Advisor

Nicola Sharratt

Abstract

The ancient Maya port site of Conil is located in the modern community of Chiquilá on the north coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico. In 1528 Francisco de Montejo, a Spanish Conquistador, reported that Conil was a large town consisting of 5,000 houses. Recent work at the site has revealed that Conil appears to have one of the largest settlements along the northern coast of the Yucatan During the Late and Terminal Preclassic period and again during the Late Postclassic. This project presents the results of surveys that took place in 206 and 2017 at Conil that succeeded in documenting 106 house mounds. Survey efforts extended beyond the site core in order to document the spatial extent of the site. With the newfound data, three widely used settlement patterns (the quadripartite, concentric zone, and multiple nucleolus) were tested in order to understand the household distribution and organization of the site.

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