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Rethinking Ramón: A Comment on Reina and Hill's Lowland Maya Subsistence

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

Charles H. Miksicek
Arid Lands Studies Program, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Kathryn J. Elsesser
Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Ingrid A. Wuebber
Archaeological Research Program, Dougiass College, flutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903
Karen Olsen Bruhns
Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA 94132
Norman Hammond
Archaeological Research Program, Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903


A recent identification of ramon in Miranda's sixteenth-century relacion of Alta Verapaz more likely describes achiote. There is very little archaeological evidence to suggest that ramon was more than a famine food in ancient Maya times.

Copyright © Society for American Archaeology 1981

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