Time tested: Re-thinking chronology and sculptural traditions in Preclassic southern Mesoamerica

Takeshi Inomata, Lucia Henderson

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Recent reassessment of the sequence at the highland Maya centre of Kaminaljuyu has led to a substantial chronological revision for Preclassic southern Mesoamerica. The new chronology suggests that various centres on the Gulf Coast, in Chiapas and in the Southern Maya Region experienced political disruption or reorganisation at the end of the Middle Preclassic period around 350 BC. It also shifts the initial rise and height of Kaminaljuyu forward 300 years. These shifts dramatically alter our understanding of sculptural developments in the Southern Maya Region, and emphasise the role of inter-regional interaction in the development of Maya civilisation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-471
Number of pages16
Issue number350
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2016



  • chronology
  • iconography
  • interaction
  • Maya
  • Mesoamerica
  • Preclassic period
  • sculpture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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