‘Structure’ density, area, and volume as complementary tools to understand Maya Settlement: An analysis of lidar data along the great road between Coba and Yaxuna

Travis W. Stanton, Traci Ardren, Nicolas C. Barth, Juan C. Fernandez-Diaz, Patrick Rohrer, Dominique Meyer, Stephanie J. Miller, Aline Magnoni, Manuel Pérez

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Abstract

In this paper we present an analysis of lidar data along Sacbe 1, the longest causeway in Mesoamerica, connecting the sites of Coba and Yaxuna. In addition to performing an analysis of the density of polygons (utilized as a proxy for structures), we calculate the density of basal area and construction volume of the raised features seen in the data set. The results indicate that Maya sites in this region were fairly discrete and that the causeway was built to incorporate previously existing settlements dating prior to the period 600–700 CE. Further, the causeway was an attractor of settlement in the area of state expansion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102178
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Volume29
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Causeways
  • Coba
  • Lidar
  • Maya
  • Yaxuna

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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