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    Rice, Prudence M. 2015. Middle Preclassic Interregional Interaction and the Maya Lowlands. Journal of Archaeological Research, Vol. 23, Issue. 1, p. 1.


POTBELLY SCULPTURE: An Inventory and Analysis

  • Lauri McInnis Thompson (a1) and Fred Valdez (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 April 2008

Prehistoric potbelly (boulder) sculpture has been of great interest for many decades. Most such sculptures occur in the highlands and piedmont of the Pacific Coast in Guatemala and El Salvador. The specific function and dating of the monuments has been of particular concern to researchers. This paper presents a summary of data in an attempt to place potbelly sculptures into recognizable stylistic groups that may in turn allow scholars to hypothesize their general function or functions. The excavation of a ceramic potbelly figure in northern Belize may provide hard evidence for the dating of certain potbelly styles and demonstrate the use of this style/manifestation in a mode beyond stone sculpture.

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Arthur Demarest , Roy Switsur , and Rainer Berger 1982 The Dating and Cultural Associations of the “Potbellied” Sculptural Style: New Evidence from Western El Salvador. American Antiquity 47(3):557571.

William R. Fowler 1984 Late Preclassic Mortuary Patterns and Evidence for Human Sacrifice at Chalchuapa, El Salvador. American Antiquity 49:603618.

Daniel R. Potter , Thomas R. Hester , Stephen L. Black , and Valdez Fred Jr. 1984 Relationships between Early Preclassic and Early Middle Preclassic Phases in Northern Belize: A Comment on “Lowland Maya Archaeology at the Crossroads.” American Antiquity 49(3):628631.

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