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Keeping Time in the Maya Highlands: Evidence from the Preclassic

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Film Description:Recent discoveries of uncarved stela and altar pairings at El Naranjo, now a suburb of Guatemala City, show that this tradition first developed between 800 and 500 BCE, in the Middle Preclassic period. Moreover, the archaeologist Barbara Arroyo has suggested that these stones celebrated the same K'atun cycle, therefore positing that a form of the Long Count existed long before any written record of it survives.
The earliest contemporary Long Count dates turn up in the
following Late Preclassic period, beginning with one from 36 BCE at the site of Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico.
Video Category:Lecture
Video Date:05/05/2012
Contributor: Barbara Arroyo

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