Mesoamerica: Western (Geographic Keyword)

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Archaelogical Analysis of a Colonial Copper Smelting Furnace from Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan, Mexico. (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Andres Francisco Sanchez Guerrero. José Luis Punzo Díaz. Lissandra González González. Juan Julio Morales Contreras.

This is an abstract from the "Archaeology in South Central Michoacán México, Ongoing Studies" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. In 1788 the Spanish Crown wanted to evaluate the mining industry in New Spain in order to start the implementation of new technologies, change the domain and administration of the mines, and create new foundries that would help the mining industry to have more eficiency in all the processes related to this activity. That is...


Archeomagnetic Dating of Ceramic Potsherds of the Tingambato Archeological Site (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only David Rangel. Juan Julio Morales Contreras. José Luis Punzo Díaz.

The archeological site of Tingambato, located in the municipality of the same name, is situated between the towns of Pátzcuaro and Uruapan, in the Mexican State of Michoacan. It is located at the south of the Tarascan plateau, at the boundary between the "tierra caliente" and the cold coniferous mountain land. In order to address the issue of occupational temporality of the site, we carried out absolute archeomagnetic dating of seven ceramic potsherds found at the site, taking advantage of the...


Automatic Classification of Digital Images of Archaeological Arrowheads (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Fernando Castillo Flores. Francisco Javier García Ugalde. José Luis Punzo Díaz. Alfonso Gastelum-Strozzi. Dante Bernardo Martinez Vazquez.

Currently there exist several databases composed of hundreds or thousands of digital images of arrowheads made by different ancient ethnic groups around the world. Extracting information or comparing and classifying the elements of these databases in an efficient and automated way, even without the need of arrowhead’s metadata, would be of great help in carrying out a comprehensive study on this archaeological subject. This work deals with this problem by developing an image processing...


Bioarchaeological Insights into Social Resilience and Change during the Postclassic at the Ancient Purépecha City of Angamuco, Michoacán, Mexico (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Alex Garcia-Putnam. Melissa Murphy. Christopher T. Fisher.

Little is known about the impact of Purépecha Empire formation on the skeletal health and well being of communities within the core zone of the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin, Michoacán, during the Postclassic period (AD 1000-1500). Here we report on recent bioarchaeological investigation of 19 mortuary contexts from the ancient Purépecha city of Angamuco located within the imperial heartland. We have identified at least seven different mortuary treatments from Angamuco and we compare these contexts with...


Canids in the Faunal and Iconographic Record at La Quemada: An Analysis from the Perspective of Huichol Ethnography (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Nora Rodríguez Zariñán. Christopher W. Schwartz. Ben Nelson.

This is an abstract from the "Journeying to the South, from Mimbres (New Mexico) to Malpaso (Zacatecas) and Beyond: Papers in Honor of Ben A. Nelson" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The presence of canids (members of the biological family Canidae, including dogs, wolves, coyotes, and foxes) at the archaeological site of La Quemada in Zacatecas, Mexico has been established through multiple lines of evidence, including broad representation in...


Caves beyond the Dripline: Reconceptualizing the Subterranean-Surface Dichotomy (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Cinthia M. Campos. James Brady. José Luis Punzo Díaz.

This is an abstract from the "Studies in Mesoamerican Subterranean Archaeology" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. As cave archaeology emerged as a specialty in the 1990, an unfortunate consequence has been the reification of the distinction between surface and subterranean archaeology. We would note that there have always been problems with this dichotomy. Andrews (1970), for instance, mentions that the entrance to Balankanche Cave was in the middle...


The Ceramics and Chronology of the Ucareo-Zinapécuaro Obsidian Source Area, Michoacán, Mexico (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Christine Hernandez. Dan Healan.

Sourcing studies conducted over the past 45 years have identified obsidian from the outcrops around Ucareo and Zinapécuaro, Michoacán in archaeological sites located across Mesoamerica including San Lorenzo, Xochicalco, Tula, Chichén Itzá, and Tzintzuntzan. Archaeological investigations including survey and excavation conducted by Tulane University during the 1990s have provided the first detailed information on prehispanic settlement and obsidian exploitation within what is now called the...


Characterization Using Raman Spectroscopy of Amazonite and Turquoise of Tomb II, Tingambato, Michoacán, México (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Alejandro Valdes Herrera. José Luis Punzo Díaz.

This is an abstract from the "From Materials to Materiality: Analysis and Interpretation of Archaeological and Historical Artifacts Using Non-destructive and Micro/Nano-sampling Scientific Methods" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The archaeological site of Tingambato is located in the state of Michoacán, in a transitional zone between the highlands and the lowlands of the Balsas River. This geographical location allowed a long distance interchange...


Characterizing Purépecha Urbanism (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Christopher T. Fisher.

At the time of European contact the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin (LPB) was the geopolitical core of the Purépecha (Tarascan) Empire (A.D. 1350-1520), and has long been recognized as a Mesoamerican core region . Cities were an important component of Purépecha statecraft but comparatively little is known about their general characteristics, organization, and evolution. Here I explore the use and division of space within the ancient city of Angamuco to document the development of social complexity, complex...


Continuity and Change in Prehispanic and Colonial Pottery Production at Tzintzuntzan (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only David Rangel. Ariana Juárez. Alejandro Valdes. José Luis Punzo Díaz.

This is an abstract from the "Archaeology in South Central Michoacán México, Ongoing Studies" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. This poster examines continuity and change in prehispanic and colonial pottery production at Tzintzuntzan through a typological and petrographic analysis.


A Dark Horse of the Early Postclassic: The Site of El Cerrito (Querétaro, Mexico) and Its Relationship to Chichen Itza and Tula (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jesper Nielsen. Christophe Helmke. Fiorella Fenoglio.

Ever since the first attempts to explain the close correspondences (in iconography, architecture, and writing) between Chichen Itza and Tula in the Early Postclassic it has been assumed that it was mainly between these two cities, sometimes even called "twin Tollans", that the extended and intense contact between Northern Yucatan and central Mexico took place. A tendency among Mesoamericanists not to look further to the north and west, to present states such as Guanajuato and Querétaro, have...


Defining the Urbanism of the Ancient Purépecha Site of Angamuco (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Edwin Harris.

This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The ancient Purépecha site of Angamuco located in the Lake Patzcuaro Basin of Michoacán, Mexico provides an unrivaled opportunity to study the urban tradition of the Purépecha prior to the formation of the empire in the late postclassic (1350 – 1520 CE). Previously, the understanding of Purépecha urbanism relied upon analysis of the imperial capital...


Diagnóstico, registro y conservación interdisciplinaria en el Occidente de México: El caso del Ixtépete, Jalisco (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Martha Cecilia González López. Martha Lorenza López Mestas Camberos.

This is an abstract from the "La Restauración de Monumentos Prehispánicos en México: Principios, Práctica, y Visión al Futuro" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Esta ponencia abordará las distintas exploraciones e intervenciones realizadas en el sitio arqueológico del Ixtépete, Jalisco, a lo largo del siglo XX; mismas que, si bien permitieron entender las técnicas y etapas constructivas, así como la cronología del lugar y sus monumentos, también...


Distribution Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics on the "Malpaís de Tacámbaro Site", La Garita Sector, Michoacán, México (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Mijaely Castañón-Suárez. José Luis Punzo Díaz. Lissandra González González.

This is an abstract from the "Regional and Intensive Site Survey: Case Studies from Mesoamerica" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. In this paper we will present the results of the geostatistical analysis of the ceramics recovered during the archaeological prospecting works at Malpaís de Tacámbaro site in the La Garita sector. This is a big settlement located on top of a volcanic flow in the municipality of Tacámbaro, the south central of Michoacán....


El Arte Rupestre en el Paisaje de la Tierra Caliente Michoacana (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Alejandro Valdes. Lissandra González.

La llamada Tierra Caliente, se ubica al sur del estado de Michoacán y abarca un extensa región que estuvo continuamente habitada desde hace miles de años. A pesar de las condiciones climáticas donde llegan a registrarse algunas de las temperaturas más altas del país, es una tierra llena de recursos naturales y fértiles tierras dentro de un paisaje de valles y sierras que han sido aprovechadas por los grupos humanos. Las fuertes condiciones y contrastes de la Tierra Caliente han llevado a...


An Empirical Analysis of Highland-Lowland Interaction in the Aztatlán Tradition (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Daniel Pierce.

This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The Aztatlán tradition constituted the primary economic and cultural development during the Early/Middle Postclassic (AD 900-1350) in west Mexico. Though politically decentralized, this culture was rooted on the Pacific coastal plain and featured vast trade networks. Located 100 km inland, the Etzatlán Basin is the westernmost lake basin in the Jalisco...


Evidence of Early Human Occupation at "Cueva de los Hacheros", Michoacán (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Dante Martínez Vázquez. José Luis Punzo Díaz. Cinthia M. Campos. Alfonso Gastelum Strozzi. Max E. Ayala.

This is an abstract from the "Archaeology in South Central Michoacán México, Ongoing Studies" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. In 2016, Dr. Jose Luis Punzo-Díaz attended to a complaint from the municipality of Turicato regarding the rockshelter Cueva de los Hacheros. As part of Proyecto de Arqueología y Paisaje del Área Centro Sur de Michoacán, the site was excavated. During excavations, the project discovered evidence of multiple periods of human...


Experimental Investigation of Primary Copper Smelting in Central Michoacan (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Blanca Maldonado. Patricia Castro. Peter Tropper.

This is an abstract from the "From Materials to Materiality: Analysis and Interpretation of Archaeological and Historical Artifacts Using Non-destructive and Micro/Nano-sampling Scientific Methods" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Copper was the main metal produced and worked in Mesoamerica, but data for pre-modern primary production and processing remain elusive. Systematic research at Itziparátzico, a Late Postclassic location in Central...


Exploring the Role of Fire in Tarascan Ritual Contexts of the Zacapu Basin, Michoacan, Mexico (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Michelle Elliott. Grégory Pereira.

This is an abstract from the "Journeying to the South, from Mimbres (New Mexico) to Malpaso (Zacatecas) and Beyond: Papers in Honor of Ben A. Nelson" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Studies of ritual activities often focus on paraphernalia, architectural structures, and other aspects of performance. While these are all important features, other more subtle elements that are nevertheless crucial to these activities are often not considered in...


From Cooperation to Competition: An Architectural Energetics Analysis of Labor Organization for the Construction of Circle 2 at Los Guachimontones, Jalisco, Mexico (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Anthony DeLuca.

The Teuchitlán culture is one of many cultures in West Mexico during the Late Formative to Classic periods (300 B.C. – 450/500 AD) that share in the tradition of burying some of their dead in shaft and chamber tombs. The Teuchitlán culture is noteworthy among their contemporaries for the large number of circular ceremonial buildings concentrated around the Tequila volcano and surrounding valleys. Los Guachimontones, located on the southern side of the volcano, is the largest site in the region...


From the Sky and from the Ground: Using Multiple Survey Strategies to Map El Palacio, Northern Michoacán (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Marion Forest.

This is an abstract from the "Regional and Intensive Site Survey: Case Studies from Mesoamerica" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. In this paper, I present the recent results of the archaeological surveys conducted at El Palacio, an important pre-Tarascan site located in the Zacapu Basin, Northern Michoacán. The settlement was occupied from the Epiclassic through the Colonial era, with an important episode of urbanization occurring ca. 1250 A.D. If...


Gendered Figurine Iconography at Los Guachimontines, Jalisco, Mexico (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Sarah Loomis.

This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Gender is one of the primary identity categories that provides structure to the social organization of societies. It sets expectations for the activities, status, presentation, and spatial organization of individuals within a community. This study aims to interrogate the social role of gender in the Teuchitlán tradition of Jalisco, Mexico, through a survey of...


GIS Analysis of the Road Network at the Postclassic Purépecha Site of Angamuco, Mexico (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Edwin Harris. Christopher T. Fisher.

The growing adoption of LiDAR for archaeological analysis makes determining how ancient peoples modified, interacted and moved through the landscape more practical. Initial analysis of the LiDAR produced imagery covering the Postclassic (1000-1520 CE) Purépecha site of Angamuco, located in the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin of Michoacán, Mexico showed a highly urbanized multi-nucleated settlement sprawled across 26km2 of an ancient lava flow, with a complex urban structure. Here I discuss the results from...


Houses in the City: Domestic Economy and Space at Malpaís Prieto, Michoacan (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Marion Forest. Elsa Jadot. Aurélie Manin.

Compared to other Postclassic cultures, not much attention has been given to the organization of daily life and domestic space in the Tarascan tradition. The political, religious and economic systems have been the focus of most archaeological and ethno-historical research, leaving the household systems understudied. It is yet critical to understand the fundamental role of household in the community organization, specifically in the context of the growing social and political complexity that led...


Identification of Altars at Angamuco in Michoacán, Mexico Using Geospatial Analysis of LiDAR Data (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Denise Frazier.

This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The site of Angamuco was discovered during a survey of the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin in 2007. Angamuco is located in western Mexico, within the modern Mexican state of Michoacán. This site has been identified as part of the Purépecha Empire. Angamuco has primarily been examined using spatial data from LiDAR flights. Previous researchers have used the spatial data...