Tamtoc: characterizing an urban society. Recent investigations.

Part of: Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015)

Tamtoc is one of the most important settlements in Northeastern Mexico, wherefore it is essential to address the phenomenon of the urban society, which inhabited this ancient city, with an interdisciplinary approach. The aim of this symposium is to characterize the constituents proper of the historical and cultural development of this urban society which managed to develop one of the most distinctive settlements in the so called Huasteca region during prehispanic times. The contributors are going to present the results of a variety of recent investigations intended to promote the dialogue and increase the awareness of the issues discussed here.

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  • Biological distance among Huastec, Veracruz, and Maya groups (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Corey Ragsdale. Corey S Ragsdale. Heather JH Edgar.

    The people of the Huasteca region have a shared language history with the Maya region. This connection has long been of interest to Mesoamerican archaeologists and linguists. They also traded with other populations along the Gulf Coast, such as those in Veracruz. To date, biological evidence for these connections remains limited. We compared Huastec (n= 62), Veracruz (n= 47), highland (n= 29) and lowland Maya (n= 63) groups to evaluate the effects of shared language and economic exchange on...

  • Burial treatment in the area of La Noria, Tamtoc, SLP, Mexico (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Estela Martínez. Patricia Olga Hernández Espinoza.

    Archaeological information confirms that between the second and fifteenth centuries AD Tamtoc evolved into a complex urban society that left evidence of their cultural identity through the vestiges of their ancient city. Testimony to this is the architectural complex designed for the preparation of complex funeral rituals, currently known as La Noria. In this area we have 67 burial mounds dug Postclassic (900-1500 AD), recovering 92 graves with the remains of 147 individuals of different ages...

  • Conservation of a pleistocenic Giant Sloth from Tamtoc, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Abel Mercado Pérez.

    In Tamtoc, an archaeological site, located in the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, skeletal remains of a Megatherium sp., commonly called Giant Sloth, were found. One of the objectives of the investigation to be presented is to develop appropriate techniques for the conservation and restoration of these residues. In addition, we aim to slow down the gradual deterioration due to various degradation factors in the region such as temperature, RH, PH, light and biological activity. The conservation...

    DOCUMENT Citation Only Daniel Valtierra Vega. Emiliano Melgar. Reyna Beatríz Solís Ciriaco.

    At Tamtoc, an archaeological site located at the Huastec region in San Luis Potosi, the archaeologists found hundreds of lapidary objects in the offerings and burials. Some of them were crafted in raw materials that were available locally, like the calcite, while others came from distant áreas, like the jadeite. But, their provenance was the same of their production? The purpose of this paper is to show how the technological analysis with Experimental Archaeology and the characterization of the...

  • Zoomorphic Representations of Figurines in Tamtoc, SLP, Mexico. (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Denia Berenice Villanueva Ruiz.

    From the beginning, man has always tried to understand nature. Mostly because their survival depended on it, the Prehispanic societies conceived it as one of their best allies. The perception of animals was always influenced by the mysticism and the belief that every living thing belonged to an order, which at the same time harmonized a universal context. Tamtoc, was not the exception. Along all the excavations that had been performed, various distinct representations of zoomorphic figurines...