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Patricia Austin

Belize Ritual Caves Project

Figure 3. Constructed wall with central opening - entrance, Actun Zactun, Chiquibul System, Guatemala.

Research Year:  1996
Culture:  Maya
Chronology:  Contemporary from 1918 to 1980
Location:  Las Cuevas, Belize
Site:  Las Cuevas

Table of Contents

Current Research - Broad Goals - Theoretical Outlook
Attenuated History of Cave Research in Belize–Data Acquisition Strategy
List of Figures
Sources Cited

Current Research - Broad Goals - Theoretical Outlook

Painted in broad terms, my research interests are directed towards understanding the relationship between ritual and ideology. From a theoretical perspective my purpose is to investigate how differing levels of access to sacred landscape features can inform us about the development and maintenance of social control. With funding from the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI) grant number 95110, a regional analysis has been undertaken of caves in Belize, Central America, that have been architecturally or otherwise modified by the ancient Maya.

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Submitted 11/01/1997 by:
Patricia Austin

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