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Johnston was  invited  several  years  ago  to  begin  a  study  of  the  hidden  house  mounds  at  El   Mirador  in  an  attempt  to  re-­‐define  the  demographic  densities  of  ancient  major  cities.    A   “hidden”  house  mound  is  a  residence  with  perishable  roof  and  side  walls,  and  a  packed   earthen  floor,  similar  to  what  the  majority  of  inhabitants  in  the  Peten  have  today,  which   has  been  abandoned,  deteriorated,  and  is  buried  under  a  few  centimeters  of  jungle  soils   with  no  surface  indications  of  its  existence.        

Example  of  a  hidden  house  mound:    A  packed  earthen  floor  with  Preclassic  ceramics  still   in   place   on   the   floor   of   the   structure.     A   perishable   roof   and   wooden   posts   formed   the   boundaries  of  the  structure,  but  which  leave  no  surface  indications  of  their  existence  after   abandonment.    (Photo:    R.D.  Hansen)  

Profile for Richard Hansen

FARES 2013 Annual Report (Long Version)  

FARES 2013 Annual Report (Long Version)  

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