Master of Arts (MA)


Geography and Anthropology

Document Type



This thesis presents research concerning invisible architecture and its importance to Maya archaeology. Maya architecture, mechanisms for the disappearance of sites, and strategies for their discovery are briefly discussed. Several examples of sites with invisible architecture are then put forth, including Santa Rita Corozal, where research has determined that as much as 50% of structures at the site may be invisible. Background on previous work at the Punta Ycacos salt works in Paynes Creek National Park is presented, followed by detailed description of recent excavations at Site 77. The site consists of preserved wooden posts in the sea floor and associated artifacts (including salt-making ceramics, charcoal, botanicals, chert, and obsidian). Two rectangular structures are suggested by the patterning of posts at the site. Artifact density at this site was markedly low. Preliminary analysis suggests that the structures at this site may have been used differently or for a shorter duration than other salt works sites in the lagoon.



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Committee Chair

McKillop, Heather I