Central Mexico (Geographic Keyword)
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This article discusses the role of ancestors in New World cosmologies. Specifically, it gives examples of how ancestors mediate cosmologies through sensory experiences, things, and places. In Eastern North America, ancestors were engaged in posts, bundles, stars, mounds, and temples. In the American Southwest, “conceptual packages” of wind, water, and breath represented the cosmological force shared by humans, ancestors, and places. Mesoamericans transformed the dead into ancestors by...
Aztec dagger (2010)
This is a photo of an Aztec dagger located in the Museo Nacional Anthropologique, Mexico City. It dates to AD 1400-1520. Photo courtesy of Tim Pauketat.
Aztec dagger carving (2010)
This is a carving of Aztec daggers, located at the Museo Nacional Anthropologique, Mexico City. Dates to AD 1400 to 1520. Photo courtesy of Tim Pauketat.
Aztec Tlaloc jar (2010)
This is an Aztec Tlaloc jar located at the Museo Nacional Anthropologique, Mexico City. It dates to AD 1400-1520. Photo courtesy of Tim Pauketat.
Cave Paintings From the Sixteenth Century: Representations of Contact Period in the Town of Atzala, North of Guerrero (2022)
This is an abstract from the session entitled "Paper / Report Submission (General Sessions)" , at the 2022 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Rock paintings have been an important way of representing beliefs, religious, social and political aspects of communities. In the sixteenth century, after the arrival of Europeans to Mesoamerica, a series of cultural integrations took place, in which beliefs and social aspects of Indigenous people and Europeans merged. I will...
Cosmic Order and Change in Pre-columbian Eastern North America (2006)
The authors attempt to understand pan-continental cultural relationships as well as explain how cosmologies developed through time in the eastern Woodlands and Great Plains of North America. To do this, the authors deal with both the overall traditions of entire populations or time periods and specific, local expressions of these overall traditions.
Cosmology in the New World
This project consists of articles written by members of Santa Fe Institute’s cosmology research group. Overall, the goal of this group is to understand the larger relationships between cosmology and society through a theoretically open-ended, comparative examination of the ancient American Southwest, Southeast, and Mesoamerica.
Issues of Identity Through the Material Remains of the First Cathedral of New Spain (2022)
This is an abstract from the session entitled "Paper / Report Submission (General Sessions)" , at the 2022 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Through historical archaeology, we can analyze material remains of past societies beyond its materiality and description to reach its context and understand facets of economy, religion, politics, identity, and culture. Here, I am presenting an investigation in which, analyzing the remains of the first cathedral of New Spain,...
La Ventilla Chronology Supplemental Materials (2022)
Supplementary documents for the article: Buckley, GM, Clayton, SC, Gómez Chávez, S., Cabrera Castro, R, Eccles, L., Culleton, BJ, Kennett, DJ. Refining ceramic chronology and Epiclassic reoccupation at La Ventilla, Teotihuacan using trapezoidal Bayesian modeling. In review. Preprint is available at the link above.
La Ventilla Radiocarbon Bayesian Chronology
AMS radiocarbon dates (n = 78) from human bone collagen were analyzed in the largest high-resolution chronology study to date at the ancient city of Teotihuacan in central Mexico (c. AD 1–550). Samples originate from the residential neighborhood of La Ventilla, located in the heart of this major urban center. Here, a trapezoidal model using Bayesian statistics is built from 14C dates combined with data derived from the stylistic analysis of ceramics from burial contexts. Based on this model, we...
Obsidian Reflections: Symbolic Dimensions of Obsidian in Mesoamerica (2014)
Departing from the political economy perspective taken by the vast majority of volumes devoted to Mesoamerican obsidian, Obsidian Reflections is an examination of obsidian's sociocultural dimensions—particularly in regard to Mesoamerican world view, religion, and belief systems. Exploring the materiality of this volcanic glass rather than only its functionality, this book considers the interplay among people, obsidian, and meaning and how these relationships shaped patterns of procurement,...
An Outline of the Ceramics of Teotihuacan, Mexico (2006)
This is an article- or manuscript-length description of the ceramics of Teotihucan, Mexico. It covers ceramic wares, decorative methods and motifs, and appendages, with a review of the Basin of Mexico sequence.
The Politics of Commerce: Aztec Pottery Production and Exchange in the Basin of Mexico, A.D. 1200-1650 (2006)
The relationships between market and political institutions have varied in different times and places, but no market system was (or is) devoid of political involvement. The contrasting approaches of the Aztec empire and Spanish colonial regime to the Basin of Mexico market system are instructive about the ways that commercial agents (producers, traders) respond to “top-down” pressures from state elites to steer and direct the commercial economy to their political advantage. The results of this...
Proto Quetzalcoatl (2010)
This is a proto image of Quetzalcoatl, Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl, Teotihuacan, Mexico. Dates to AD 400. Photo courtesy of Tim Pauketat.
Proto Tlaloc (2010)
Proto image of Tlaloc, Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl, Teotihuacan, Mexico. Dates to AD 400. Photo courtesy of Tim Pauketat.
The Role of Venus in the Cosmologies of Mesoamerica, the American Southwest, and the Southeast (2010)
This paper describes differing but related views of the meanings of Venus in Central Mexico, West Mexico, the U.S. Southwest, and the Eastern Woodlands.
The Storm God, Feathered Serpents, and Possible Rulers at Teotihuacan (2007)
In this paper, George Cowgill focuses on how Mesoamericans used worldviews and ideologies in sociopolitical ways. More specifically, Cowgill argues that specific sociopolitical ideologies arise when there is a shared worldview.
Surviving Sudden Environmental Change: Answers from Archaeology (2012)
Archaeologists have long encountered evidence of natural disasters through excavation and stratigraphy. In Surviving Sudden Environmental Change, case studies examine how eight different past human communities-ranging from Arctic to equatorial regions, from tropical rainforests to desert interiors, and from deep prehistory to living memory-faced and coped with such dangers.Many disasters originate from a force of nature, such as an earthquake, cyclone, tsunami, volcanic eruption, drought, or...
Teotihuacan Ceramics ms. (1969)
This unpublished manuscript describes many Teotihuacan ceramic wares and includes hand-drawn illustrations.
Teotihuacan Mapping Project (TMP)
This project contains metadata for the Teotihuacan Mapping Project
TMP-1-2-2: Electronic Files from the Teotihuacan Mapping Project (2012)
This is an incomplete work in progress, written by Cowgill at various times in 2003 and 2004, with minor edits since then. It is a volume in the Urbanization at Teotihuacan series, edited by Rene Millon. This volume aggregates information about the Teotihuacan Mapping Project, including background, methods, and the types and locations of relevant files. It is complementary to a set of Access files recording tract-by-tract data.