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By Hattula Moholy-Nagy

Occupied regularly for 1,500 years, Tikal used to be crucial demographic, fiscal, administrative, and formality heart of its area. the gathering of fabrics recovered at Tikal is the most important and such a lot various recognized from the Lowlands.

This ebook offers a big physique of basic facts. The artifacts, represented via such uncooked fabrics as chert and shell are categorised through kind, quantity, , attainable historic use, shape, fabric, dimension, and such secondary differences as ornament and transforming, in addition to via spatial distribution, prevalence within the a number of varieties of constitution teams, restoration context, and date. a similar structure, aside from typology, is used for unworked fabrics comparable to mineral pigments and vertebrate remains.

While few artifact reviews transcend a catalog of items equipped through kind or uncooked fabric, this record places the fabrics into their prior cultural contexts and hence is of curiosity to quite a lot of scholars.

Content of this book's CD-ROM might be came upon on-line at this place: http://core.tdar.org/document/376593.

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The Artifacts of Tikal: Utilitarian Artifacts and Unworked Material: Tikal Report 27B

Occupied continually for 1,500 years, Tikal used to be an important demographic, monetary, administrative, and formality middle of its zone. the gathering of fabrics recovered at Tikal is the most important and such a lot different recognized from the Lowlands. This publication presents a tremendous physique of fundamental facts. The artifacts, represented by means of such uncooked fabrics as chert and shell are categorized through kind, quantity, situation, attainable historic use, shape, fabric, dimension, and such secondary changes as ornament and transforming, in addition to by means of spatial distribution, incidence within the a number of forms of constitution teams, restoration context, and date.

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In addition, during the Classic period obsidian artifacts were widely distributed, occurred in all types of structure groups, and were recovered from various types of special deposits, but predominantly from general excavations. With the exception of eccentrics and incised obsidians, flaked obsidian artifacts were available to anyone. In contrast to other Maya sites, such as Copán (Aoyama 1999), there is no evidence that the elite of Tikal were involved in the procurement or distribution of prismatic blades or thin bifaces at any time.

Weights ranged between approximately 114 and 356 gm. Four had been burned. 28). One was recovered from a Late Late Preclassic problematical deposit (Fig. 29). 30). 25). 26) that were large by Tikal standards. One was of attractively banded light gray and dark gray chert (Fig. B: 49c) of unknown origin, but also represented among the ovate bifaces (Fig. B: 1d) and scrapers (Fig. B: 52b). Thirteen had handholds formed by cortical platforms (Fig. B: 50c) and five had battered handholds (Fig. B: 50b).

B: 32f), perhaps to indicate its use as a high-status offering. At least 120 examples had been reworked. This included fashioning stems on what were most likely stemless varieties (Fig. B: 36c, 42j, k), adding awl-like points to the distal ends (Fig. B: 38c, 40c), reshaping damaged distal ends (Fig. B: 29n), reshaping damaged proximal ends (Fig. B: 30c, d), manufacturing a smaller point from a large fragment (Fig. B: 34e), and using a broken edge as a scraper (Fig. B: 35s). 22). This distribution is consistent with the extensive recycling and reuse noted above.

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