Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh

Upper Grijalva Basin Dataset
Olivier de Montmollin

This dataset serves as a complement to publications derived from mapping and survey projects carried out in the Upper Grijalva Basin, State of Chiapas, Mexico. It provides detailed information on the location, dimensions, and types of structures of the Late Classic Period registered within an area of roughly 150 km2.

Results from this investigation have been published in the following sources:

de Montmollin, Olivier (1995) Settlement and Politics in Three Late Classic Maya Polities. Madison, Wisconsin: Prehistory Press
de Montmollin, Olivier (1989a) The Archaeology of Political Structure. Settlement Analysis in a Classic Maya Polity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
de Montmollin, Olivier (1989b) Settlement Survey in the Rosario Valley, Chiapas, Mexico. Provo, Utah: New World Archaeological Foundation Papers 57.
de Montmollin, Olivier (1988) Scales of Settlement Study for Complex Societies: Analytical Issues from the Classic Maya Area, Journal of Field Archaeology, 15: 151-168

de Montmollin, Olivier (2018) Upper Grijalva Basin Dataset. Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh. URL: <>.

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Designed by Alexander J. Martín
Digitized by Alexander J. Martín, Hugo Ikehara, Weiyu Ran, and Faith Ruck.

Numeric Data

Numeric data are provided in two file formats. Comma-delimited text files should be easy to import into spreadsheet, database, and statistical programs for manipulation and analysis. Excel spreadsheets are easier to browse, and can also be imported into many programs. The numeric data files are as follows:

Civic structure information: dimensions and building type for every civic structure within the study area. Domestic structure information: dimensions and building type for every domestic structure within the study area.

Spatial Data

Spatial information is provided as AutoCAD (Release 12) .DXF files which can be read by many CAD and GIS programs. AutoCAD drawing units are in meters. The coordinate system for all spatial data is UTM Zone 15 Q (units are meters) based on the WGS84 datum. Spatial data is additionally provided as Esri SHP files in the same coordinate system.

Location of civic structures

Location of domestic structures

Survey Boundaries

Location of chultuns


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