added by archaeologs A phase of pre-Classic developments in the Lowland Maya area. Dated c550-300 bc, it was first defined at Uaxac-tun and Tikal. Although some artefacts of stone and obsidian are included in the complex, it is principally characterized by monochrome pottery, with a ‘waxy’ feel to it, which comes in a limited variety of shapes — the flat-bottomed bowl is common. Figurines possibly of highland origin (e.g. Chiapa de Corzo) are also characteristic. Diversity between sites is notable but there is no construction associated with the complex (see also Chicanel).
The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983