Faculty Publication: Ancient Maya Patolli from Gallon Jug, Belize

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).

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Abstract 
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.

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