Epiclassic (Temporal Keyword)
1-19 (19 Records)
After Monte Albán reveals the richness and interregional relevance of Postclassic transformations in the area now known as Oaxaca, which lies between Central Mexico and the Maya area and, as contributors to this volume demonstrate, achieved cultural centrality in pan-Mesoamerican networks. Large nucleated states throughout Oaxaca collapsed after 700 C.E., including the great Zapotec state centered in the Valley of Oaxaca, Monte Albán. Elite culture changed in fundamental ways as small...
ARTEFACTOS LITICOS ARQUEOLOGICOS DEL VALLE DE MALPASO (LA QUEMADA), ZACATECAS, MEXICO. (2017)
Guía ilustrada de artefactos líticos recuperados en el valle de Malpaso, Villanueva, Zacatecas. El trabajo incluye también tablas y gráficas interpretativas. En nuestro muetrario se ve un enfasis en la diversidad de raspadores pedunculados en existencia, sugierendo diferentes actividades relacionadas a nuestras herramientas, entre ellas el trabajo relacionado con el cultivo del Maguey.
Collective Social Identification at La Quemada, Zacatecas, Mexico
This project contains the datasets resulting from my dissertation titled "Social Identification and the Capacity for Collective Action at La Quemada, Zacatecas, Mexico (600-800 CE)," which was successfully defended in November 2018. Dissertation Abstract: Unlike traditional frontier studies that treat the frontier as monolithic and focus on core-periphery interactions involving colonialism and acculturation, this dissertation seeks to characterize the internal social dynamics of frontier...
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.
El Potrerito Midden 1 Coring Field Notes (1998)
Scanned copy of field notes recording the core sampling within Midden 1 at the site of El Potrerito.
La Quemada-Malpaso Valley Archaeological Project (LQ-MVAP)
For over 15 years, Mexican and American archaeologists and students have dug ancient ruins, walked the high desert landscape, and worked in laboratories to understand the rise and fall of La Quemada, Zacatecas. We want to know why societies become complex, developing social hierarchies with specialized economic, political, and religious roles for their members. Why do civilizations expand? Northern Mexico's ancient past is an ideal context for studying these questions. During the period A.D....
MACROFLORAL ANALYSIS OF FILL FROM AROUND THE SKULL IN A HUMAN BURIAL AT THE BOSQUE ENCANTADO SITE, MV-206, IN ZACATECAS, MEXICO (2009)
A single sample collected around the skull of a human burial at the Bosque Encantado site, MV-206, in Zacatecas, Mexico, was examined for charred macrofloral remains. This site represents a habitation with plazas and platforms and dates to approximately 1255 BP, reflecting the La Quemada phase of the Epiclassic period in northern Mesoamerica. Macrofloral analysis is used to provide information concerning plant resources utilized by the site occupants.
Petrographic analysis of decorated ceramics from La Quemada, Zacatecas, Mexico (2016)
The hilltop center of La Quemada in the Malpaso Valley of Zacatecas, Mexico, was the focal point of one of several polities that developed along the northern frontier of Mesoamerica during the Epiclassic period (A.D. 500-900). Northern frontier polities are known to have interacted due to their shared material culture (i.e., patio-banquette complexes, colonnaded halls, and the exchange of obsidian and shell products), but the mechanism(s) of this interaction are not fully understood. Ceramic...
Proyecto Petrografía de la Cerámica de La Quemada, Zacatecas
This project seeks to identify the productions zones of several decorated ceramic wares that are hypothesized to have circulated within the Zacatecas region of Northwest Mexico during the Epiclassic period (600-900 C.E.). The study focuses on decorated wares recovered from the site of La Quemada and stylistically similar wares recovered from other centers in the region. A sample of 806 sherds from nine centers and one site cluster, which represents seven distinct occupational subareas...
Shaping Space: Built Space, Landscape, and Cosmology in Four Regions (2010)
In this article, the authors seek to understand cosmological expressions in architecture and the built landscape in Mesoamerica, Northern Mexico, the US Southwest, and the US Southeast.
Technical Report (2012)
Technical report from 2012 season
Technical report (2014)
Technical report of 2013 field season
Technical report (2015)
Technical report of 2014 field season
Technical report (2016)
Technical report of 2015-2016 laboratory analyses
Technical report (2020)
Technical report of 2019 season of Proyecto Arqueologico Tlajinga Teotihuacan (PATT) in Spanish
Tlajinga, Teotihuacan, Mexico
Investigations of the Proyecto Arqueológico Tlajinga Teotihuacan (PATT) focus on the Tlajinga district, a cluster of neighborhoods in the southern part of Teotihuacan, Mexico. The area was inhabited by a lower socioeconomic stratum, was the locus of intensive utilitarian craft production, and is bisected by the city’s central artery—named the Street of the Dead by the later Aztecs, who viewed Teotihuacan as a mythical place of origins and an archetypal city. Research goals of the PATT scale from...
Torvinen (2018) - EPMA-WDS raw data for clay samples (2018)
These elemental data were collected using the Quantitative Wavelength Dispersive Spectroscopy technique with the JEOL JXA-8530F Electron Probe Microanalyzer (EPMA-WDS) at the John M. Crowley Center for High Resolution Electron Microscopy at Arizona State University supervised by Dr. Axel Wittmann. Based on the methodology developed by Abbott and Lack (2013), a series of five assays were run per sample at 300X magnification in a relatively inclusion free area of clay matrix (spot area = 20 um)...
Torvinen (2018) - EPMA-WDS raw data for sherd samples (2018)
These elemental data were collected using the Quantitative Wavelength Dispersive Spectroscopy technique with the JEOL JXA-8530F Electron Probe Microanalyzer (EPMA-WDS) at the John M. Crowley Center for High Resolution Electron Microscopy at Arizona State University supervised by Dr. Axel Wittmann. Based on the methodology developed by Abbott and Lack (2013), a series of five assays were run per sample at 300X magnification in a relatively inclusion free area of clay matrix (spot area = 20...
Torvinen and Nelson (2020) Supplemental Material - Refinement of the Chronology of La Quemada, Zacatecas, Mexico, Using Ceramic Seriation (2020)
During the Epiclassic period (AD 600–900), the northern frontier of Mesoamerica consisted of a regional network of polities focused on large, hilltop centers, including the site of La Quemada in the Malpaso Valley of Zacatecas, Mexico. Although extensive archaeological research has been conducted at the site, the refinement of its chronology is essential for two reasons: (1) to establish the chronological control necessary to characterize social processes diachronically and (2) to ensure that...