The Translation of a Maya Cosmogram onto an Uncooperative Terrestrial Landscape


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Proceedings of the 19th European Maya Conference, Bratislava, Slovakia, November 17-22nd, 2014


California State University, Los Angeles, has conducted a multi-year study of ancient Maya sacred land-scape in northern Belize at the sites of Maax Na, La Milpa and Chawak But’o’ob. The investigation showsthat the terrestrial model formulated for the Petexbatun Regional Cave Survey functioned in this area. Themodel focuses on features associated with earth and water. Despite the lack of large and impressive caves, public architecture was built around small caves in both large centers and rural settlements. In addition, karstfeatures such as sinkholes were formalized as sacred landmarks

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