Contribution to Book
Ancient road systems have often been used by archaeologists to reconstruct interaction and political ties among prehistoric settlements. Roads built by the ancient Maya offer many insights into the political geography of the area, particularly in the northern lowlands where hieroglyphic texts are rare. This study examines ethnohistoric, historic, and archaeological data that suggest that a regional road, some 300 km in length, once spanned the northern lowlands from the modern location of Mérida to the east coast facing the island of Cozumel. The political implications of such a road, if it once existed, are discussed.
Scott L. Fedick & Karl A Taube
University of California Riverside
Fedick, S. L., Reid, D. M., & Mathews, J. P. (1995). Preliminary evidence for the existence of a regional sacbe across the northern Maya lowlands. In S. L. Fedick & K. A. Taube (Eds.), The view from Yalahau: 1993 archaeological investigations in northern Quintana Roo, Mexico (pp. 129-137). University of California Riverside.
The View from Yalahau: 1993 Archaeological Investigations in Northern Quintana Roo, Mexico