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Ángel Góngora Salas

Northeastern Yucatán Project:
Archaeological Survey in the Northeastern Corner of Yucatán, México

Report on field season 2000. First stage of archaeological surveys in the northeast corner of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Translation of the Spanish by Alex Lomónaco
Vea este informe en Español.

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Photo 8. Main and largest structure from central plaza in Chohuac-há or El Cafetal.

Research Year:  2000
Culture:  Maya
Chronology:  Pre-Classic to Late Classic
Location:  Yucatán, México
Sites:  El Cuyo, Chiquilá, Kantunilkín, Colonia Yucatán

Table of Contents

Ceramic Analysis
The Setting in the Surveyed Area
The Spanish Exploration in the XVIth Century
The First Spanish in the Yucatán Peninsula
First Expedition to Yucatán
Second Expedition to Yucatán
The Cortés Expedition
Montejo’s First Attempt to Conquer Yucatán
Third Phase of the Conquest
The Province of Chauaca or Chikinchel
El Cuyo
The Site of Sacboh
The Site of Chauaca or El Cafetal
The Site of Sinsimato (Colonia Yucatán)
The Site of Km. 11
The Site of Don Bon
The Site of Misnebalam
The Site of San Pedro Bacab
The Site of Rancho Grande
The Site of Teapa
The Site of Conil (Chiquilá)
The Site of Kantunilkín
The Site of Labcah (Solferino)
Site 1
Site 2
Site 3
Site 4 (Nohcachí)
Site 5 (Nuevo León)
Site 6
Site 7
Site 8
Site 9
Site 10
Site 11
Site 12
Site 13
Site 14
Site 15
Site 16
Site 17
Site 18
Site 19
Site 20
Settlement Pattern and Architecture in Northeastern Yucatán
Final Comments
List of Figures
List of Photos
List of Tables
Sources Cited


The idea of undertaking the project "Archaeological Survey in the Northeastern Corner of Yucatán" was first considered in 1999. The original idea of exploring eastern Yucatán was conceived by the scholars Anthony P. Andrews, Fernando Robles Castellanos and this author, with the purpose of attempting to cover through systematic archaeological surveys, the entire northern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, as in so doing, a full vision of both the type of pre-hispanic settlements that existed along the littoral and the nearest ones towards the hinterland, would be achieved.

I want to thank the archaeologists Rubén Maldonado Cárdenas and Tomás Gallareta Negrón, from the Centro INAH Yucatán, for their support throughout this project.

The first stage of the research was possible thanks to the support and funds granted by the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc., (FAMSI).

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Archaeological Survey in the Northeastern Corner of Yucatán, México
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