Ancient Maya Causeways And Site Organization At Caracol, Belize

  • Ancient Maya Causeways And Site Organization At Caracol, Belize

by Arlen F. Chase and Diane Z. Chase

 

 

Abstract

Statements concerning the function of intrasite Maya causeways often focus on inferred ritual purposes or on symbolic kinship alliances rather than on the more practical roles that such roads may have served. Data collected on an extensive intrasite causeway system at Caracol, Belize, demonstrate that the primary role of its sacbes lay in facilitating the administrative control of people, goods, and services. An estimated 75 km of roads not only served intrasite communication and transport; they also affected the political and economic integration of this huge center

 

 

Read full article here!

 

 

Keywords: Caracol, Ancient Maya, causeways, architecture

 

 

Suggested APA reference: Chase, A., and Chase, D. (2001) Ancient Maya Causeways And Site Organization At Caracol, Belize. Ancient Mesoamerica, 12, 273–281.

Contact Us

Belize History Association
Secretariat, Institute for Social and Cultural Research (ISCR)
National Institute of Culture and History (NICH)
Mountain View Blvd,
Belmopan City,
Belize

(T) 822-3307 (F) 822-3815
bha.belize@gmail.com

The BHA was established under the auspices of the National Institute of Culture and History and is supported by the Belize Archives & Records Service, Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.