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Maíz sólo se come: Contemporary agriculture in Uaxactún (Guatemala)

Published Online: 05 Oct 2021
Volume & Issue: Volume 20 (2020) - Issue 2 (December 2020)
Page range: 46 - 84
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License
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Journal
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1339-7877
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15 Jun 2014
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2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

This paper aims to explore agriculture in modern-day Uaxactún, Petén, Guatemala. The results are based on two types of data – spatial and anthropological. Spatial data are represented in the visualization of recent agricultural features (Milpas) visualized from orthophoto maps, processed in QGIS 3.10.1. Anthropological data were obtained during July and August 2019 in the Uaxactún, as a part of the Regional Archaeological Project of Uaxactún (Proyecto arqueológico regional Uaxactún – PARU). 18 respondents had taken part in the research. The research was conducted by semi-structured interviews and participant observation. To list finds – the average Milpa dimension was described, most interesting crops and agricultural techniques were described, and a model of the local agricultural year was provided. The key find is that, even if one could interpret recent Uaxactún agriculture as traditional, the drives and motivations of the farmers are modern, capitalistic, and monetary oriented.

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