Continuation of Project
2003 Field Season
2004 Field Season
2005 Field Season
engages in full-scale multi-year archaeological research, including
1) selected excavations, 2) analysis of results, and 3) dissemination
of findings from investigations at a long-overlooked but long-believed
key ancient Maya regional center located in the heart of the critically
important Southern Maya Zone.
apparently had political and other connections to K’aminaljuyu,
the greatest southern Maya city in the Late Preclassic period (400
BC-AD 200) and is situated equidistantly between K’aminaljuyu
and great Zoque sites to the west, indicating dynamic ethnic interaction
before the rise of Classic Maya civilization.
theoretical paradigm of the project over the longer term is both
cultural historical and cultural evolutionary or processual; as
a result of discoveries in the first two field seasons, particular
research foci are Chocolá’s sophisticated hydraulics
and possible intensive cultivation of and monopoly trade in the
high-demand pan-Mesoamerican commodity, cacao.
will continue to fill in a major gap in the culture history of Maya
civilization—developments occurring in the long-believed seminal
but still quite obscure southern Maya area in the Late Preclassic—and
in furthering understanding of the processes leading to the rise
of Classic Maya civilization, modeled, conceivably, on the emergence
of an early and seminal Maya state system underpinned by hydraulics
and monopoly trade in the prestige good, cacao.