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Type: Poster
Poster Title: PEOPLING THE MAYA PAST: THE SAN BARTOLO HOUSE PROJECT, GUATEMALA
Author: ASTRID RUNGGALDIER (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign)   
Date/Time: Sat., 1:45 PM-3:30 PM
Co-Author(s): ASTRID RUNGGALDIER (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign) 
Abstract: This poster announces the establishment the San Bartolo House Project to focus on the residences at San Bartolo, and presents results of initial fieldwork of March 2010. The larger umbrella project (San Bartolo Regional Archaeological Project) hosting the SBHP and established in 2001 has investigated San Bartolo, Xultun and several small regional settlements in Northeast Petén. Results to date suggest that the occupational sequence at San Bartolo is interrupted by centuries of abandonment, from the end of the Late Preclassic (ca. AD 250) to the Late Classic period (ca. AD 650). The early occupation represents the period of apogee of the site, exemplified by construction of four monumental architectural groups, and several programs of mural painting. The later resettlement comprises distinct patterns of reuse of structures that had lain in ruins, suggesting conscious manipulation of the collective memory of the early constructed landscape. Current views, however, rest on archaeological evidence from monumental complexes, and on survey data. Not known is whether the site is truly abandoned, whether cessation of monumental construction coincides with abandonment, whether people nucleate into nearby Xultun, and how the late settlers connect with the early inhabitants. With the SBHP, methodological approaches of household archaeology are applied to the residential areas to answer these questions from a perspective that grants greater chronological detail of gradual change over time, and that allows for an understanding of San Bartolo as a history of its people, their movements, and their perceptions of the built environment of their own past.

Program Number: 4-0645
Session Title: CIRCULATION AND SPACE: FROM HOUSEHOLDS TO LANDSCAPES IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Sat., 1:45 PM-3:30 PM
Organizer(s): ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM COMMITTEE (AAA) 
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