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Digital Companion to 'The Use of Animals by the Pre-Hispanic Maya of the Northern Lowlands'

Content related to a chapter in 'The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals'

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This content pertains to the chapter “The Use of Animals by the Pre-Hispanic Maya of the Northern Lowlands” in The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals (Christopher Götz and Kitty F. Emery, eds.), published by Lockwood Press. The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals is an edited volume that links many of its chapters to rich digital content published open access with Open Context. The authors have chosen to link their chapters to related online content (including primary data, maps, and additional images) in order to provide additional research resources in their subject area. The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals is available for purchase from ISD.


In the digital appendix, we will present complementary data of the recent zooarchaeological finds from the pre-Hispanic northern lowland Maya sites of Champotón, Chichén Itzá, Dzibilchaltún, Sihó, Xcambó and Yaxuná that are described in the text. The additional data refers to both the archaeofaunal material form domestic middens and the animal remains discovered in contexts identified as remnants of precolumbian ritual activity. It comprises detailed spreadsheets with the archaeofaunal information that served as a base for the interpretations included in the text, and a set of approximately 50 photos of the most important specimens, at high resolution. We plan also to include high resolution maps of the sites referred to, which indicate the exact location of the contexts where the archaeofaunal specimens were found.

Site Names

The sites whose data are presented in a detailed form are: Champotón, Chichén Itzá, Dzibilchaltún, Sihó, Xcambó, and Yaxuná. All sites are situated in the Northern Maya lowlands, which comprise the State of Yucatan, as well as the northern part of the State of Campeche, Mexico.


The dates of the sites range from the Early Classic to the Terminal Classic, approximately AD250 – 1100.


Götz, Christopher M., Taller de Zooarqueología, Facultad de Ciencias Antropológicas, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, C.P. 97305 Mérida, Yucatán, MEXICO,

Stanton, Travis W., Departamento de Antropología, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, MEXICO,

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Christopher M Götz. "Digital Companion to 'The Use of Animals by the Pre-Hispanic Maya of the Northern Lowlands'". (2017) In The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals. Christopher M Götz, Kitty F Emery (Eds.) . Released: 2017-02-12. Open Context. <> DOI:

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