Postclassic (Temporal Keyword)
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Lost-wax casting in prehispanic Mesoamerica reached its apogee in Late Postclassic Oaxaca, Mexico. Nowhere is this artistry more evident than in the spectacular gold and silver offerings from Tomb 7 at Monte Albán. Researchers have long understood the general process of lost-wax casting, but have incompletely examined variability in techniques utilized through space and time. This poster presents new evidence of ceramic molds from Late Postclassic Tututepec that are believed to have been used to...
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.
Decorated Ceramics from Excavated Mimbres Sites (2007)
This synthesis presents counts of decorated ceramics from excavated sites in the Mimbres region.
General Resources from the Long Term Vulnerability and Transformation Project
Long-Term Coupled Socioecological Change in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico: Each generation transforms an inherited social and environmental world and leaves it as a legacy to succeeding generations. Long-term interactions among social and ecological processes give rise to complex dynamics on multiple temporal and spatial scales – cycles of change followed by relative stasis, followed by change. Within the cycles are understandable patterns and irreducible uncertainties; neither...
Northern Basin of Mexico Historical Ecology Project
This project examines the long term and continuous production of human landscapes in the northern Basin of Mexico. Building off of several long term and short term projects in this area, this project combines regional archaeological and environmental research with local-scale survey and excavation of communities, households, and water management features. This project examines how the landscape shaped and was shaped by the ways local communities confronted various political entities across time,...
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,...
Paleoethnobotany of Otumba
Analysis of macrobotanical remains recovered from excavations in the Aztec city-state of Otumba (Mexico State, Mexico) in 1988 and 1989. Emily McClung de Tapia (Instituto de Investigaciones Antropologicas, UNAM) directed the botanical analysis. The excavations were directed by Thomas Charlton (University of Iowa) and Deborah L. Nichols (Dartmouth College). Boris Aramis Aguilar and Rebeca Rodriguez Bejarano carried out the preliminary analysis of the specimens. Associated project resources are:...
Paleoethnobotany of Otumba 2. Results of macrobotanical analysis
Paleoethnobotany of Otumba: This table lists the results of the macrobotanical analysis for each sample that is listed in the "Flotation Samples Processed" table (resource 1).
Paleoethnobotany of Otumba1. Flotation Samples Processed Dataset
This is a list of the sediment samples that were collected and floted for macrobotanical analysis. The results of the analysis are found in the "Results of macrobotanical analysis" table (resource 2). For the Paleoethnobotany of Otumba project
Prosperity, power, and change: Modeling maize at Postclassic Xaltocan, Mexico (2010)
Documenting the relationship between agriculture and political economy occupies the center of much research and debate in anthropological archaeology. This study examines this issue by focusing on maize at Xaltocan, a Postclassic community located in the northern Basin of Mexico. We consider how different mechanisms of distribution, circulation, and production can influence maize variation. We analyze maize variability through time at Xaltocan and the community’s chinampa system and interpret...
Digital images and supporting documents related to the Encrucijada-Pajonal Project (von Nagy 2003) along the Pajonal and Arenal paleodistributaries of the Grijalva delta. The project focused on Early and Middle Formative (Preclassic) Olmec settlements in western Tabasco. Pottery data acquired through excavation of Pajonal sites and from the site of San Andrés near La Venta form the basis for the Early and Middle Formative pottery chronology for the region of the Tabasco Olmec.
Proyecto Paleoambiente de la region de Teotihuacan
Between 1992 and 1999, 24 soil profiles were excavated in the Teotihuacan Valley, State of Mexico, in order to study the formation of soils, erosion, and human impact associated with prehispanic settlement, resource extraction, and production in the region. Although the prehispanic urban center of Teotihuacan represents a significant focus for our research, our initial goal was to establish a broad outline of the sequence of landscape transformation throughout the Holocene, based on the analysis...
Raw Data on Soils Collected from Prehispanic and Historic Fields on the Middle Gila River (2013)
These are the raw data from the soils collected from the middle Gila River (on the land now management by the Gila River Indian Community) for Strawhacker's dissertation research.
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.
Settlement and Demography in the Greater Mimbres Region (2007)
The database presented here contains information on all major habitation sites and smaller habitation sites from major surveys across the most densely populated portions of the Mimbres region (Mimbres Valley, Eastern Mimbres area, and the Upper Gila). The database is relatively complete for sites that date between AD 1000 and 1450 but also includes limited information on major earlier components dating between AD 200-1000.
Sustaining Irrigation Agriculture for the Long-Term: Lessons on Maintaining Soil Quality from Ancient Agricultural Fields in the Phoenix Basin and on the North Coast of Peru (2013)
Irrigation agriculture has been heralded as the solution to feeding the world’s growing population. To this end, irrigation agriculture is both extensifying and intensifying in arid regions across the world in an effort to create highly productive agricultural systems. Over one third of modern irrigated fields, however, show signs of serious soil degradation, including salinization and waterlogging, which threaten the productivity of these fields and the world’s food supply. Surprisingly, little...
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
Three collections of spindle whorls from Calixtlahuaca, Mexico (2013)
This dataset consists of a single spreadsheet of standard metric and non-metric data for three collections of spindle whorls from the Postclassic site of Calixtlahuaca, Toluca Valley (State of Mexico), Mexico. The collections are from the 2007 Calixtlahuaca Archaeological Project excavations, the Museo de Antropología y Historia in Toluca Mexico, and the Yale Peabody. This dataset accompanies the following article: Huster, Angela C. 2013 Assessing Systematic Bias in Museum Collections: A...
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...
Wearing Culture: Dress and Regalia in Early Mesoamerica and Central America (2014)
Wearing Culture connects scholars of divergent geographical areas and academic fields-from archaeologists and anthropologists to art historians-to show the significance of articles of regalia and of dressing and ornamenting people and objects among the Formative period cultures of ancient Mesoamerica and Central America. Documenting the elaborate practices of costume, adornment, and body modification in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Oaxaca, the Soconusco region of southern...
When Trash Becomes Treasure: A Postclassic Maya Obsidian Core Cache from Nojpeten (2014)
This paper examines an obsidian cache offering excavated near the corner of a Postclassic Maya platform structure in Nojpeten, on the island of Flores, Guatemala. The cache consists of approximately 190 obsidian prismatic blade cores and core fragments, but the original number of cores placed in the cache likely fell between 173 and 182, with a best estimate of 177, 178, or 180. The cores were found about 20 cm southwest of the structure in a circular concentration measuring approximately 35 cm...