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The Pre-Hispanic Maya Reservoir System at Kinal, Peten, Guatemala

  • Vernon L. Scarborough (a1), Robert P. Connolly (a2) and Steven P. Ross (a3)

The southern Lowland Maya hilltop center of Kinal is shown to be a human-modified watershed. The broad paved surfaces of the elevated central precinct acted as runoff-catchment areas directing precipitation into gravity-fed channels and reservoirs. In a geographical zone affected by an extended dry season and away from permanent water sources, Kinal demonstrates the components of a rainfall-dependent water-management system characteristic of other large sites in the region.

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Ancient Mesoamerica
  • ISSN: 0956-5361
  • EISSN: 1469-1787
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