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Prehispanic Saltmaking in Belize: A Reply to Valdez and Mock and to Marcus

  • J. Jefferson MacKinnon (a1) and Susan M. Kepecs (a2)


In response to the comments on our 1989 paper “Prehispanic Saltmaking in Belize: New Evidence,” we agree with Valdez and Mock that it is possible that some Prehispanic saltmaking sites in Belize may have been oriented toward the preservation of animal-protein resources, but caution against extending the interpretation of their NRL site to the status of generalization. While we may have misinterpreted Marcus, we wish to clarify that we never implied that salt production was a causal factor in Maya state formation.


En respuesta a los comentarios sobre nuestro artículo de 1989 “Prehispanic Saltmaking in Belize: New Evidence,” estamos de acuerdo con Valdez y Mock en que es posible que la producción de sal en algunos sitios prehispánicos de Bélize puede haber estado destinada a la conservación de proteína animal, pero hacemos notar que es peligroso generalizar en base a la interpretación del sitio NRL. Aún cuando podemos haber malinterpretado a Marcus, deseamos aclarar que nunca implicamos que la producción de salfue un factor causal en la formación del estado maya.



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  • J. Jefferson MacKinnon (a1) and Susan M. Kepecs (a2)


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