Estudios de cultura maya
versão impressa ISSN 0185-2574
NONDEDEO, Philippe et al. On political and cultural autonomy in the Rio Bec province. Estud. cult. maya [online]. 2010, vol.36, pp. 37-66. ISSN 0185-2574.
Located in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula halfway between Dzibanche and Calakmul, both plausible seats for the Kaan dynasty at distinct moments during the Classic period, the Rio Bec region rouses a real interest because of its intermediate position in this newly-defined political context. It is legitimate to ask whether this region, with its atypical settlement pattern, architecture and iconography, was or not part of the Snake polity (or Kaan kingdom). In the absence of inscriptions in the Rio Bec region, all available data on material culture must be interrogated and compared to the historical information relative to the political context. The diachronic analysis of archaeological data strongly suggests that the Rio Bec trajectory has been linear and continuous, and that it developed independently from the huge city of Calakmul at least while it was the Kaan capital.
Palavras-chave : Rio Bec Region; Kaan Kingdom; Becan; Dzibanche; Calakmul.