How did the ancient Maya of the southern
lowlands control the economics of environmental management? Natural
resources are both essential and limited for any society.
This is particularly true for those cultures co-existing with the
rainforest ecosystem. Here at the site of Motul de San Jose, I am
putting together a team of experts in environmental archaeology
to assist me in discovering how the ancient residents of the site
and its environs controlled the acquisition, maintenance, and distribution
of natural resources like animal proteins and agricultural products.
This is one sub-part of a larger project directed by Dr. Antonia
Foias of Williams College who hypothesizes that Motul de San Jose
is the elusive “Ik” site, a center of production for
artworks ranging from stone stela to elaborately decorated pottery.