2. Locale; Exploration
Home Up Acknowledgements Background 1. Introduction 2. Locale; Exploration 3. Field Methods 4. Architecture 5. Ceramics 6. Sacbes, Sea Access 7. Culture History Appendix 1 - Lot Registry Appendix 2 References

Geology and ecology
Prior research
Recent research
Nearby Sites
Regional Picture


Locale, Exploration, and Early Research

            The first purpose of this chapter is to describe the natural setting of Muyil. I believe that the natural setting on the edge of the karstic limestone shelf, surrounding a depression in the karst with cave openings, and the numerous different ecological zones, together with direct access to the sea, provided a strong attraction for the first settlers and the later occupants of Muyil.

            The second purpose of this chapter is to describe prior research at Muyil and the research at nearby sites, all of which provides the context of my research as described in subsequent chapters.


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