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Adolfo Iván Batún-Alpuche

"Postclassic Maya Beekeeping Gardens and Landscape Management in Cozumel and the Eastern coast of Yucatan"

Adolfo Iván Batún-Alpuche

Fellow, Flora Clancy Fellowship in Maya Studies for Latin American Researchers

The complexity of land division reported at the Yucatan east coast and Cozumel Island, in the 16th century at time of European arrival, have been documented on a number of archaeological projects conducted in the region. This project looks to investigate the political and economic organization along with the complex land management system represented by archaeological stone walls parceling large continuous areas in Cozumel and along the east coast. Likewise, this project investigates the ecological management of gardening, beekeeping, and agricultural activities suggested for the area.

Adolfo Iván Batún Alpuche is Licenciado in Archaeology by Universidad Autónoma of Yucatán; getting his master and doctoral degrees from the University of Florida. His studies have been focusing on Maya economics and agrarian practices during prehispanic and colonial times, following a community collaborative and decolonizing approach. Currently, he is a professor at Universidad de Oriente in Valladolid, Yucatan, working on archaeological and anthropological projects in communities from eastern Yucatan and Cozumel Island.