Salt, and Salty Fish, Were An Important Part of the Maya Economy

Salt is essential for life. As ancient civilizations evolved from hunters and gatherers to agrarian societies, it has not been clear how people acquired this mineral that is a biological necessity. However, an anthropologist at LSU discovered remnants of an ancient salt works in Belize that provide clues on how the ancient Maya at the peak of their civilization more than 1,000 years ago produced, stored and traded this valuable mineral. New analyses of stone tools found at this site, called the Paynes Creek Salt Works, reveal that not only were the Maya making salt in large quantities, but they were salting fish and meat to meet dietary needs and producing a commodity that could be stored and traded.

Salt, and Salty Fish, Were An Important Part of the Maya Economy

If you lived among the ancient Maya, let's hope you liked your fish super salty. Archaeologists working at a former Maya salt mine near the coast in Belize say that they've found evidence of ...

Wed 10 Oct 18 from Discover Magazine

Salt: Mover and shaker in ancient Maya society

Salt is essential for life. As ancient civilizations evolved from hunters and gatherers to agrarian societies, it has not been clear how people acquired this mineral that is a biological necessity. ...

Mon 8 Oct 18 from Phys.org

Salt: Mover and shaker in ancient Maya society, Tue 9 Oct 18 from ScienceDaily

Small Mayan saltworks could have supplied thousands, preserved food

Maya trade routes may have carried tons of salt and dried fish, study suggests.

Tue 9 Oct 18 from Ars Technica

Ancient Mayan salt factory reveals the mysterious culture cured fish and meats 1,000 years ago

The salt factory, called the Paynes Creek Salt Works, was used as a recently as 1,000 years ago, when the Mayans were at the peak of their civilisation. It is located in Paynes Creek National ...

Mon 8 Oct 18 from Daily Mail

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