A Maya Dam in the Copan Valley, Honduras

Billie Turner, William C. Johnson

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Abstract

A prehispanic Maya dam is reported in the Copan Valley of Honduras. The dam is situated in the foothills above the river bottom at the headwaters of a small tributary, the Quebrada Petapilla. Constructed of cut stone and mortar, the dam was built immediately downstream from a spring and once created a small, flowing pond. The function of the dam is uncertain, although the creation of a greater head of water for the irrigation of the quality farmlands in the foothill zone is a possibility. The dam probably dates no later than the Late Classic period [A.D. 650-800].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-305
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Antiquity
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1979
Externally publishedYes

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A Maya Dam in the Copan Valley, Honduras. / Turner, Billie; Johnson, William C.

In: American Antiquity, Vol. 44, No. 2, 01.04.1979, p. 299-305.

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Turner, Billie ; Johnson, William C. / A Maya Dam in the Copan Valley, Honduras. In: American Antiquity. 1979 ; Vol. 44, No. 2. pp. 299-305.
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