Ancient Classic Lowland Maya potters made vessels to serve various needs, which were sometimes exchanged or otherwise moved across the landscape. Potters also emulated types made elsewhere with local materials. The immediate objective of this study was to see if black slip “recipes”— the chemical composition—applied to the surface of ceramics could be used to identify production groups for a type of Terminal Classic pottery called Mount Maloney Black (MMB) from two different ruins. Through chemical analysis, this study sought to discover if the same people with the same materials were making these vessels, or if there were from different sources.
© 2018 John Douglas
Douglas, John, "Identifying Ancient Maya Economic and Political Networks in the Belize Valley through Ceramic Sourcing" (2018). University Grant Program Reports. 51.