Claire Novotny, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, has published the article “Ancient Maya Patolli from Gallon Jug, Belize” in the March 2021 issue of Latin American Antiquity, with co-author Brett A. Houk (Texas Tech University).
Recent excavations at the site of Gallon Jug, a minor center in northwestern Belize, revealed multiple patolli* boards incised into a well-preserved plaster floor in an unvaulted platform. A significant artifact deposit was placed directly on top of the patolli boards. In this report we describe the architectural context, associated artifact deposit, and the patolli boards themselves.
*Played by the Aztecs, patolli was a race game on a cross-shaped board.