The Acropolis at Kaminaljuyu: A Study of Late Classic Occupation The Acropolis at Kaminaljuyu: A Study of Late Classic Occupation

by Cole, Kelleigh Waimarie

Abstract (Summary)
The Late Classic Period at Kaminaljuy� is one of the most poorly understood periods of occupation, possibly because the artifacts and architecture lack the ornate decoration found in earlier periods. One of the largest and best preserved areas of the site is located in the Parque Arqueol�gico de Kaminaljuy� in Zone 7 of Guatemala City.

A major focal point of architecture at Kaminaljuy� is the Acropolis, which has been the focus of various excavations, particularly the work of Gustavo Espinoza from 1958 to 1962. Despite this research, much of the important documentation and artifacts recovered from these excavations have been lost. In 2003, Brigham Young University and colleagues from the Universidad Del Valle in Guatemala City conducted excavations near the Acropolis and Palangana in order to collect additional artifacts and create a chronology of the structures found at the park. The team also focused on studying architecture and remapping the area, hoping to recover information vital to interpreting the construction and function of the buildings found there, with a particular focus on the relationship between the occupants of Kaminaljuy� and the people living at Teotihuac�n.

Using ceramics collected from the Brigham Young University/ Universidad Del Valle excavations, this thesis will focus on the Late Classic period of Kaminaljuy� in order to determine the function of the Acropolis during this period. A discussion of the status of the ancient inhabitants of the Acropolis will also be included.

This thesis will provide the reader with a description of Late Classic ceramics and building phases. These findings will be explained in terms of the function of the Acropolis and the status of its residents during that period. The ultimate goal of this work is to illustrate that the Acropolis was used as a residential zone during the Late Classic Period. I will also argue that the people who lived near the Acropolis probably achieved an elevated status compared to residents of other parts of Kaminaljuy�, but lacked many of the luxury goods commonly associated with elites in Mesoamerica.

Bibliographical Information:


School:Brigham Young University

School Location:USA - Utah

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:guatemala kaminaljuyu ceramics mesoamerica amatle late classic pensativo cafe negro alegria universidad del valle


Date of Publication:11/10/2005

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