By Dr. Thomas H. Guderjan
Archaeologists are not sure precisely whilst the Maya inhabited the coastal parts of Belize, yet considerable proof exists to help an intensive maritime alternate community alongside the coast by means of A.D. six hundred This quantity specializes in the maritime exchange community websites on Ambergris Caye, Belize the place excavations have published remnants of very small villages, or camps, alongside the Caribbean coastline.
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Although they had few 'expensive' possessions, their lives were probably quite comfortable. It appears that the wealth ofthe sea was more than enough to satisfy their needs. Other larger communities dating to the Late Classic period are also found on the windward side of Ambergris Caye. Typically, these sites cover several hundred square meters and some of them, such as Mata Grande, Tres Cocos and Habaneros, benefited from long distance trade. While we have not excavated at these sites, surface collections yielded sherds of high quality, imported pottery and artifacts such as basalt grinding stones and obsidian blades from remote areas.
The pottery was very crudely made and no imported artifacts were found. J 31 at the small windward side sites often made tools of shell. These people probably made a living by fishing. Although they had few 'expensive' possessions, their lives were probably quite comfortable. It appears that the wealth ofthe sea was more than enough to satisfy their needs. Other larger communities dating to the Late Classic period are also found on the windward side of Ambergris Caye. Typically, these sites cover several hundred square meters and some of them, such as Mata Grande, Tres Cocos and Habaneros, benefited from long distance trade.
Certainly, it was not necessary to have ports located every four or five miles as they were on Ambergris in the Classic period. Whatever the cause, Ambergris Caye in the Postclassic period no longer seems to have had the important role in maritime trade which it enjoyed in the Classic period. The shift to a farming economy atBasil Jones on the interior of the island at the same time coastal margin sites, such as Chac Balam and San Juan, are abandoned may have occurred because of this 'horizontal integration' of the coastal trade system by the Putun Maya.
Ancient Maya Traders of Ambergris Caye by Dr. Thomas H. Guderjan