Images from the Dark: Dating the pictographs and Petroglyphs from Actun Uayazba Kab, Belize


Dagmar Galvan


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The primary objectives of this thesis were to document the rock art in Actun Uayazba Kab, Belize, to determine the archaeological date of the rock art corpus in the cave, and to contribute to the overall knowledge of cave use in ancient Maya society. The dating of the rock art was accomplished by combining relative and absolute methodologies. Relative techniques included comparative analysis of cave art in the Maya lowlands, and comparison of the ceramic assemblage of Actun Uayazba Kab with that from the Belize River Valley region. Absolute techniques employed the use of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry analysis on charcoal discovered adjacent to the rock and on human remains from two burials at the site. The combination of both approaches indicates that the rock art in Actun Uayazba Kab’s is predominantly of Late Classic (600-900 A.D.) date.

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