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Formative-Period Architecture at the Site of Yarumela, Central Honduras

Boyd Dixon, L. R. V. Joesink-Mandeville, Nobukatsu Hasebe, Michael Mucio, William Vincent, David James and Kenneth Petersen
Latin American Antiquity
Vol. 5, No. 1 (Mar., 1994), pp. 70-87
DOI: 10.2307/971903
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/971903
Page Count: 18
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Formative-Period Architecture at the Site of Yarumela, Central Honduras
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[English] During the Formative period (ca. 1000 B. C.-A. D. 250) at the site of Yarumela in central Honduras, an indigenous society developed that was constructing monumental architecture well before 400 B. C. Experimentation with new building materials and techniques reached a peak ca. A. D. 200 just prior to the site's abandonment, by which time religious temples and elite residences had undergone a transition from simple pole-and-thatch structures to more complex adobe and stone constructions. Overall labor investment in monumental architecture may, on the other hand, actually have declined during this same period. // [Spanish] Durante el período Formativo (ca. 1000 A. C.-250 D. C.) en el sitio de Yarumela en el centro de Honduras, una sociedad indígena se desarolló con la construcción de arquitectura monumental antes de 400 A. C. Se experimentó con nuevos métodos y materiales de construcción hacia aproximadamente 200 D. C., antes de abandonar el sitio, cuando los templos y residencias de la élite pasaron por una transición desde estructuras simples con materiales orgánicas hasta construcciones más complejas de adobe y piedra. En cambio, la cantidad de mano de obra relacionada con esta arquitectura monumental parece haber bajado durante esta misma época.

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