Maya Society at the Edge of Empires: Archaeology in the Lacandon Rainforest of Chiapas, Mexico
Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture Series: Dr. Joel Palka, University of Illinois- Chicago
Friday, February 9, 2018
Maya people settled on the shores of Lake Mensabak in the Lacandon Rainforest of Chiapas, Mexico, around 1400-1700. They were drawn to the abundant resources and lands there during the centuries of upheaval and population movements following the expansion of the Aztec Empire, the reformation of Maya states, and later, the Spanish invasion. Maya sought protection at this remote lake, particularly from tutelary deities residing in impressive ritual places, including mountains, islands, and caves.