Maya Archaeology – Notes 2 of 13

Middle Pre-Classic (MPC 1,000-400 BC) – Archaeological Notes

There is archaeological evidence for the burial of the dead under their own homes. This is an identifying feature of their culture which centered around reverence to ancestors. This burial practice emphasizes that the relationship between the dead and the living is kept continuous.

Signs of Maya Swasey phase found in Gulf Coast, Pacific Coast and Guatemala Highlands.

Jade and Obsidian found during this period. There is evidence of a long-distance trading system as jade and obsidian were naturally only found in Guatemala Highlands but were found as far away as Northern Belize.

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