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Investigating The Ancient Maya Landscape: A Settlement Survey In The Periphery Of Pacbitun, Jennifer Weber May 2011

Investigating The Ancient Maya Landscape: A Settlement Survey In The Periphery Of Pacbitun, Jennifer Weber

Anthropology Theses

This thesis presents the results of research conducted at the ancient Maya site of Pacbitun. The site, located in the foothills of the Maya Mountains in the Cayo District of Belize, offered a unique opportunity to investigate the relationship between the site core and various caves located in its 9 km2 periphery. The landscape was a critical component of ancient Maya religion. The earth and all of its topographic features were considered to be alive and, as living beings, to interact in human affairs. Caves were seen as portals to the underworld and homes to deities. Pilgrimages to these ...