The University of Queensland Archaeological Project at Copan: A progress report

05th January 2014

Jay Hall and Rene Viel

Introduction*

Since 1993, the University of Queensland (UQ) has been carrying out research at the Maya site of Copan, Honduras, under the direction of Jay Hall and Rene Viel. Under the umbrella of the University of Queensland Archaeological Program in Central America (UQAPCA) research has focussed on two main projects. One, The Coph Formative Project, aims to discover the spatio-temporal extent of Preclassic or Formative settlement (ca. 1400 BC–AD 400) in order to understand the complex evolution of Classic society at this famous site. The other project involves an archaeological test of Viel’s radical ‘Pectoral’ model of political organisation during the Classic Period (AD 400–800). The research is primarily funded by grants from The Australian Research Council and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (CEMCA and Commission de Fouilles) and is sanctioned by the Instituto Hondurefio de Antropolbgia e Historia.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Hall, J. and R. Viel
The University of Queensland Archaeological Project at Copan: A progress report
December 1998
47
64–65
Short Report
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