Archaeological Investigations in El Salvador

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Author: Longyear III, John Munro (1915-2011)

Year: 1944

Publisher: Peabody Museum Press

Place: Cambridge


90 pages with frontispiece, 14 plates, maps, figures, illustrations and appendix. Folio (13 3/4" x 11") bound in original publisher's wrappers. Appendix by Stanley H Boggs. Line drawings and site map by Erwin Raisz. Memoirs of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Volume IX, number 2. First edition.

This Memoir is a result of an expedition to El Salvador conducted by the author from 1942 to 1942. The investigations were carried out under the auspices of the Institute of Andean Research. The Maya influence is very strong in El Salvadoran painted pottery, especially, as might be expected, in the central and western part of the country. The relations are almost entirely with the southern Maya region, particularly Copan and the Ulua Valley, but a few fine figure-painted vases probably stem from the Guatemala highlands. Some Nicoya polychrome specimens indicated connections to the south, but these apparently had little or no influence on the ceramic complex as a whole. Eastern El Salvador had less to do with the Maya. The trade pieces that came from the Yojoa-Ulua region gave rise to the few imitations of indigenous art, which was, as far as the report was to determine, quite unrelated to that of neighboring cultures. If some of the pottery is of Lenca origin, strong influences from the north are indicated, for this shape and style of decoration are common in eastern El Salvador. Mexican influences were marked, and of long duration, in western and central El Salvador, but of little importance in the east. West of the Rio Lempa, slab-legged tripod vases, Tlaloc jars, Mixtec incense-burners, and Aztec vases give plentiful evidence of strong and varied connections with Mexico which must have lasted for centuries.


Light edge wear, spine some what age toned else a very good to fine copy.

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