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Spatial Analysis of Ancient Maya Settlement Near Karst Sinkholes at Xuenkal, Yucatan, Mexico
Koby, Peter J.

2012, BA, Kent State University, College of Arts and Sciences / Department of Geography.
Xuenkal was a settlement of the ancient Maya dating from the Late Preclassic to Terminal Classic periods (~400BC to ~1000AD). This research focuses on a geographic analysis of eleven limestone sinkholes (rejolladas) in the settlement core to determine their significance to local Maya settlements and their utilization by the ancient Maya. In the field season of 2011, data were collected from the site, including GPS and GPR data, soil samples from the excavation of test pits, and archaeological survey data. GIS analysis using Esri's ArcMap software was performed using these data as well as data collected in previous field seasons. Primary analysis involved the use of buffers to categorize ancient structures by distance to rejolladas. In addition, the density of structures by area was calculated and statistically analyzed. These analyses showed a quantitative relationship between the structures and the sinkholes, with a statistically significant preference to settlement in proximity to the sinkholes.
Mandy Munro-Stasiuk, PhD (Advisor)
T. Kam Manahan, PhD (Committee Member)
Emariana Taylor, PhD (Committee Member)
Elizabeth Howard, PhD (Committee Member)
51 p.

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Koby, Peter. "Spatial Analysis of Ancient Maya Settlement Near Karst Sinkholes at Xuenkal, Yucatan, Mexico." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Kent State University, 2012. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 27 May 2015.

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