Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
This study compares ceramic data from the Late/Terminal Classic periods and the Postclassic period from 16 sites to K’axob, Belize looking for shared ceramic types among them. These similarities are hypothesized to represent direct or indirect inter-site interactions resulting in the exchange of pottery or ceramic production ideas. Webs and networks of interaction based on shared ceramic types found at these sites were generated. These represent a larger network of interaction exemplifying a shared community of ceramic practice that can be developed, analyzed, and then compared to existing models of economic interaction across each of the time periods. K’axob is consistently placed in a central position suggesting high levels of interaction over time. Changes between the Late/Terminal and Postclassic show a decrease in the number of sites that K’axob interacted with and a shift from the influences of the Southern Maya Lowlands to the Northern Maya Lowlands across this transition.