Timothy Wayne Pugh

Grant Type

Post PhD Research Grant

Institutional Affiliation

New York, Queens College, City U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9284

Approve Date

April 18, 2016

Project Title

Pugh, Dr. Timothy Wayne, City U. of New York, Queens College, New York, NY - To aid research on 'Urbanization at Nixtun-Ch'ich', Peten, Guatemala'

Preliminary abstract: Ancient cities sometimes developed gradually through moderate, periodic planning, while others were rapidly constructed according to well-planned layouts. Absence of the latter in the Maya lowlands contributed to characterizations of its cities as being moderately planned and spatially dispersed. Recent research revealed that Preclassic Nixtun-Ch’ich’ in Guatemala was quickly established with a diagrammatic grid. Its construction accompanied the emergence of complex society in the area. This research will examine the grid at Nixtun-Ch’ich’ though a series of test excavations that will examine how the grid effected existing settlements when it was first constructed and if the duration of the grid’s construction. The work will investigate the amount of demolition and re-spatialization that were involved in the grid’s construction. This research will inform us about urban planning that emerged along with social complexity.