Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 11
  • Cited by
    This article has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Scarborough, Vernon L. and Valdez, Fred 2014. 9 The Alternative Economy: Resilience in the Face of Complexity from the Eastern Lowlands. Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, Vol. 24, Issue. 1, p. 124.

    Wyatt, Andrew R. 2014. The scale and organization of ancient Maya water management. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, Vol. 1, Issue. 5, p. 449.

    Brennan, Michael L. King, Eleanor M. Shaw, Leslie C. Walling, Stanley L. and Valdez, Fred 2013. Preliminary geochemical assessment of limestone resources and stone use at Maya sites in the Three Rivers Region, Belize. Journal of Archaeological Science, Vol. 40, Issue. 8, p. 3178.

    Ferrand, Ezgi Akpinar Dunning, Nicholas P. Lentz, David L. and Jones, John G. 2012. USE OF AGUADAS AS WATER MANAGEMENT SOURCES IN TWO SOUTHERN MAYA LOWLAND SITES. Ancient Mesoamerica, Vol. 23, Issue. 01, p. 85.

    Scarborough, V. L. Dunning, N. P. Tankersley, K. B. Carr, C. Weaver, E. Grazioso, L. Lane, B. Jones, J. G. Buttles, P. Valdez, F. and Lentz, D. L. 2012. Water and sustainable land use at the ancient tropical city of Tikal, Guatemala. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 109, Issue. 31, p. 12408.

    Scarborough, Vernon and Burnside, William 2010. Complexity and Sustainability: Perspectives from the Ancient Maya and the Modern Balinese. American Antiquity, Vol. 75, Issue. 2, p. 327.

    Lucero, Lisa J. 2008. Water Control and Maya Politics in the Southern Maya Lowlands. Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, Vol. 9, Issue. 1, p. 35.

    Healy, Paul F. Helmke, Christophe G. B. Awe, Jaime J. and Sunahara, Kay S. 2007. Survey, Settlement, and Population History at the Ancient Maya Site of Pacbitun, Belize. Journal of Field Archaeology, Vol. 32, Issue. 1, p. 17.

    Wells, E. Christian 2006. Recent Trends in Theorizing Prehispanic Mesoamerican Economies. Journal of Archaeological Research, Vol. 14, Issue. 4, p. 265.

    Becker, Marshall Joseph 2004. MAYA HETERARCHY AS INFERRED FROM CLASSIC-PERIOD PLAZA PLANS. Ancient Mesoamerica, Vol. 15, Issue. 01, p. 127.

    Johnston, Kevin J. 2004. Lowland Maya water management practices: The household exploitation of rural wells. Geoarchaeology, Vol. 19, Issue. 3, p. 265.


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

  • Vernon L. Scarborough (a1), Robert P. Connolly (a2) and Steven P. Ross (a3)
  • DOI:
  • Published online: 10 October 2008

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.

Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

Ernestene L. Greene 1973 Locational Analysis of Prehistoric Maya Sites in Northern British Honduras. American Antiquity 38:279293.

Robert C. Hunt , and Eva Hunt 1976 Canal Irrigation and Local Social Organization. Current Anthropology 17:389411.

Edmund R. Leach 1959 Hydraulic Society in Ceylon. Past and Present 15:226.

Ray T. Matheny 1976 Maya Lowland Hydraulic Systems. Science 193:639646.

Betty J. Meggers 1954 Environmental Limitation on the Development of Culture. American Anthropologist 56:801824.

William P. Mitchell 1973 The Hydraulic Hypothesis: A Reappraisal. Current Anthropology 14:532534.

Kevin O. Pope , and Bruce H. Dahlin 1989 Ancient Maya Wetland Agriculture: New Insights from Ecological and Remote Sensing Research. Journal of Field Archaeology 16:87106.

William T. Sanders , and David L. Webster 1988 The Mesoamerican Urban Tradition. American Anthropologist 90:521546.

Vernon L. Scarborough , and Gary G. Gallopin 1991 A Water Storage Adaptation in the Maya Lowlands. Science 251:658662.

Alfred H. Siemens , and Dennis E. Puleston 1972 Ridged Fields and Associated Features in Southern Campeche. American Antiquity 37:228239.

B.L. Turner II 1974 Prehistoric Intensive Agriculture in the Maya Lowlands. Science 185:118124.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Ancient Mesoamerica
  • ISSN: 0956-5361
  • EISSN: 1469-1787
  • URL: /core/journals/ancient-mesoamerica
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *