#15 Rice & Rice: How has archaeological and documentary research on the Central Peten Lakes region resulted in major revisions of our understanding of events in the area after the Classic period?
Well the findings and research of the unknown people called the Kowoj. Therefore, surely resulted in major revisions. Also the new findings and research of the Itza groups and others as well sparked interest. Mayan population in the Peten in the late postclassic primarily around these lakes and the history of this region have been completely rewritten in the last 15 years based on Grant D. Jone’s work.
Be able to cite specific examples of historical and archaeological evidence. How were the Itza and the Kowoj linked to events taking place farther north in the Yucatan peninsula?
At the end of the Classic period and Terminal classic period there was a lot of movement. So they could actually trace the movement of people from the putun area. That area was very war look. So people from there moved to the lakes district. The pottery was just identical. And then there is the migration out of the area. The Itza go to Chichen Itza and then defeated. Then the Itza leave and come back to the Peten. After fall of Chichen Itza. Itza coming back to peten area founded their capital is called Flores today in the documents is called different. There are records from Cortes assistants that kan’ Ek explained that he was a descendant of people of Chichen Itza from his mother side of the family. In 1697 they describe Peten is a city of 21 temples and the largest temple is a miniature version of el Castillo at mayapan and only 54 feet tall. Also when Spaniards came back in 1697 some of the information they got from other people and they were sacked by the Kowoj. The xiu were the ones defeated the Cocom at Mayanpan so they move back to the Peten became the Kowoj. The Kowoj sites had