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Patterns in Maya Floor Construction

  • Edwin R. Littmann

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A study of floor construction in the Maya area leads to the conclusion that a definite technique or pattern seems to have been used from the Preclassic to the Postclassic periods and that this consisted of using a foundation under a base which was covered by a plaster. It appeared further that the same technique was applied regardless of the raw materials at hand. It was also found that the use of burned earth or clay as an element of a floor was rather widespread and appeared to be deliberate rather than the result of the burning of flammable superstructures. No attempt was made at this time to determine the fine structures of the separate floor elements based upon their chemical or physical properties.

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Delgado, A. 1965 Archaeological Research at Santa Rosa, Chiapas and in the Region of Tehuantepec. New World Archaeological Foundation, Publication No. 13, p .10. Provo.
Ekholm, G. F. 1944 Excavations at Tampico and Panuco in the Huasteca, Mexico. Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, Vol. 38, Pt. 5. New York.
Littmann, E. R. 1959 Ancient Mesoamerican Mortars, Plasters and Stuccos: Las Flores, Tampico. American Antiquity, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 117. Salt Lake City.
Littmann, E. R. 1962 Ancient Mesoamerican Mortars, Plasters and Stuccos: Floor Construction at Uaxactún. American Antiquity, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 100. Salt Lake City.
Lowe, G. W. 1962 Mound 5 and Minor Excavations, Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico. New World Archaeological Foundation, Publication No. 8, p. 44. Provo.

Patterns in Maya Floor Construction

  • Edwin R. Littmann

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