Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Distributional archaeology and subsurface structure function at El Baúl, Cotzumalguapa, Guatemala
by Daniels, James T., Jr., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 115; 1472268
Abstract (Summary)

The Cotzumalguapa Nuclear Zone (CNZ), located in the Pacific slope of Guatemala, is a large prehistoric urban complex with numerous structures and connective causeways. Much of the complex lies approximately 70 cm to 1 m below the surface. In the past large scale excavations have been employed to understand the function and cultural activities associated with the structures. However, these endeavors can be expensive and destructive. This study employs an efficient and integrative approach to assess cultural activities associated with subsurface structures in the CNZ. The integration of geophysical data, controlled surface collection data, soil chemistry data and topographic data using global information systems (GIS) was used to conduct a dynamic spatial and associative analysis of the archaeological record at El Baúl, Cotzumalguapa Guatemala in order to address structure function.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Neff, Hector
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology
Publication Number: 1472268
ISBN: 978-1-109-47205-9
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