A Contextual Analysis Of A Preclassic Problematic Deposit At Blackman Eddy, Belize

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Title: A Contextual Analysis Of A Preclassic Problematic Deposit At Blackman Eddy, Belize
Author: Shelton, Rebecca Lynn
Abstract: This thesis examines Problematic Deposit #3 from two operations in Plaza B at Blackman Eddy , Belize through a detailed contextual analysis . Due to the ambiguous nature of problematic deposits , several methods of analysis were utilized to determine the event or events associated with the cultural material and the architectural remains uncovered in the two operations . For the analysis of the ceramic assemblage , the type -variety method was first utilized to determine the relative date of PD #3 . Second , a functional analysis of the partial vessels within the problematic deposit was performed and a radiometric AMS date was collected from PD #3 of 380 - 170 B .C . As part of the contextual analysis , all cultural material in PD #3 was compared to archaeological signatures of feasting . The radiocarbon dates demonstrated that the deposit was placed between the Middle and Late Preclassic periods , and the results of the type -variety method demonstrated the deposit overlapped the Jenney Creek and Barton Creek complexes . These results emphasize the need for radiocarbon dating in conjunction with the type -variety method when possible . In addition , this thesis presents a detailed methodology that can be used to examine other problematic deposits in the archaeological record and compare them to feasting deposits in the Belize River Valley .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /1033
Date: 2008-09-17

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A Contextual Analysis Of A Preclassic Problematic Deposit At Blackman Eddy, Belize. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /1033 .

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