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Topoxte and Tayasal: Ethnohistory in Archaeology

Arlen F. Chase
American Antiquity
Vol. 41, No. 2 (Apr., 1976), pp. 154-167
DOI: 10.2307/279166
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/279166
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

Some questions concerning the Postclassic Peten can be answered by systematic use of ethnohistoric sources with archaeological data. A review and re-analysis of these data for the Itza capital Tayasal are presented. A plausible argument is formulated for a relocation of the ethnohistoric Tayasal as the archaeologically recognized Postclassic site of Topoxte in Lake Yaxha, Guatemala. It is further argued that a closer correlation of the ethnohistoric data with the archaeological record and a complete re-analysis of other pertinent data may prove useful to the archaeologist when confronted with conflicting interpretations or concepts.

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