Heather McKillop

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How did people in preIndustrial ancient civilizations produce and distribute bulk items, such as salt, needed for everyday use by their large urban populations? This report focuses on the ancient Maya who obtained quantities of salt at cities in the interior of the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala in an area where salt is scarce. I report(More)
Fuelling the Ancient Maya Salt Industry. The ancient Maya of Paynes Creek National Park in coastal southern Belize produced salt by boiling brine in ceramic vessels above fires. The process requires a constant supply of wood to maintain the fires. Charcoal recovered from Chan B’i, an Early Classic (300–600 C.E.) salt work, provides a record of fuel wood(More)
Jaime Stuart for taking time out of her busy schedule to escort me around the facility. I thank Dr. Margaret C. Henk for helping me utilize the equipment in the Louisiana State University Socolofsky Microscopy Center. I thank Dr. Meredith Blackwell for sharing her expertise in mycology with me. I would also like to recognize the financial support of the(More)
Trace element analysis of obsidian artifacts from Moho Cay, Belize, reveals that the obsidian derives primarily from the El Chayal outcrop in highland Guatemala and not from the Ixtepeque source. This is contrary to the widely accepted obsidian trade route model for Classic Maya civilization and suggests that Classic Maya obsidian trade was a more complex(More)
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