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This paper will discuss the general applications of GIS technology to our research in the Yalahau Region of northern Quintana Roo, Mexico. In particular we will address the use of a volumetric analysis as a means of developing an architectural comparative framework at both the intrasite and regional scales. The comparative framework is a powerful tool that allows us to investigate and visualize the distribution of social power both within the site of T'isil and across the region. The direct relationship between social power and architectural volume is predicated on the assumption that actors who utilized the largest dwellings were able to coerce (or force) the greatest number of people to aid in their construction.


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Sorensen, Kathryn, Jeffrey B. Glover, and Scott L. Fedick. A Volumetric Assessment of Ancient Maya Architecture: A GIS Approach to Settlement Patterns in [Enter the Past] The E-way into Four Dimensions of Cultural Heritage. CAA 2003. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Proceedings of the 31st Conference, Vienna, Austria, edited by Magistrat der Stadt Wien - Referat Kulturelles Erbe – Stadttarchäologie Wien, pp. 308-311. BAR International Series 1227, Oxford, UK, 2004.

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