Macro sample 521


Carbonized maize stem/stalk fragments where recovered from Unit VIII and XI in Pits 2J and 2X and maize charcoal was directly dated by Bloom et al. (1983:418) from Unit XI, Pit 2J. According to Bloom et al. (1983:418) this evidence demonstrates that the Maya were active cultivators on this floodplain by the Middle Pre-Classic period. Bloom et al. (1983:418) state that when considering the carbon isotope fractionation of the maize, this date could be pushed back 200 yrs.

Radiocarbon Date

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References Cited

Bloom, P. R., M. Pohl, C. Buttleman, F. Wiseman, A. Covich, C. Miksicek, J. Ball and J. Stein
    1983    Prehistoric Maya Wetland Agriculture and the Alluvial Soils near San Antonio Rio Hondo, Belize. Nature 301(3):417-419.


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