Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2011

Document Type




First Advisor

Dr. Inga Calvin


The University of California, Los Angeles Maya Archaeological Project (UMAP) conducted excavations at the small Maya center of El Aguacaté, Belize in the summers of 2009 and 2010. During these excavations, Operation 4, Sub-Operation A discovered a small tructure (Structure A4) just off and behind the main plaza of the site. As part of this field project, my excavations inside Structure A4 encountered a large (4mx1.6m) masonry bench. This bench conformed to what in the literature was defined as a “throne.” With further research and when compared with benches excavated in Guatemala, El Salvador and Belize, it became clear that the bench inside Structure A4 did not merit the title of “throne” due to its deficiency in theatricality: something I have proposed as quintessential to the definition of a throne.