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Preclassic Maya caches in residential contexts: variation and transformation in deposition practices at Ceibal

  • Jessica MacLellan (a1)

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While Maya public rituals are often assumed to have developed from domestic practices, caches at Ceibal in Guatemala demonstrate the concurrent emergence of distinct domestic and public rituals. During the Middle Preclassic period (c. 1000–350 BC), caches in domestic areas were associated with construction phases—deposited on floors or within construction fills. In the public plaza, however, caches were deposited in intrusive pits. Later, domestic and public ritual practices became more similar. By focusing on deposition processes and deposit context, rather than content, it is possible to recognise distinct ritualised activities that are sometimes obscured by predefined categories such as ‘cache’.

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Preclassic Maya caches in residential contexts: variation and transformation in deposition practices at Ceibal

  • Jessica MacLellan (a1)

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