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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Woodfill, Brent Kerry Skoy
Author's Email Address brentwoodfill@gmail.com
URN etd-06172007-181826
Title Shrines of the Pasión-Verapaz Region, Guatemala: Ritual and Exchange along an Ancient Trade Route
Degree PhD
Department Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Arthur Demarest Committee Chair
Edward Fischer Committee Member
James Brady Committee Member
John Janusek Committee Member
Pierre Robert Colas Committee Member
Ron Bishop Committee Member
  • Maya
  • Guatemala
  • ceramics
  • pottery
  • Mesoamerica
  • trade routes
  • Alta Verapaz
  • ritual
Date of Defense 2007-03-16
Availability unrestricted
The Pasión-Verapaz Region is located at the highland-lowland transition in central Guatemala. It was the mid-point of the Great Western Trade Route, one of two principal arteries connecting the Maya highlands and lowlands. Research in three cave systems in the vicinity of Cancuen has revealed nearly 2,000 years of ritual activity, spanning the Preclassic and Classic periods of Maya civilization. This investigation is the first in much of this region, and allows for the creation of a preliminary sketch of the culture-history of northern Alta Verapaz and the southwestern Petén. The nature of ritual activity in these cave systems, most of which was performed by merchants and other travelers along the trade route, is also examined.
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