The Artifacts of Tikal--Utilitarian Artifacts and Unworked Material
Occupied continuously for 1,500 years, Tikal was the most
important demographic, economic, administrative, and ritual center
of its region. The collection of materials recovered at Tikal is
the largest and most diverse known from the Lowlands.
This book provides a major body of primary data. The artifacts,
represented by such raw materials as chert and shell are classified
by type, number, condition, possible ancient use, form, material,
size, and such secondary modifications as decoration and reworking,
as well as by spatial distribution, occurrence in the various types
of structure groups, recovery context, and date. The same format,
with the exception of typology, is used for unworked materials such
as mineral pigments and vertebrate remains.
While few artifact reports go beyond a catalog of objects organized
by type or raw material, this report puts the materials into their
past cultural contexts and thus is of interest to a wide range of
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