New Discoveries in the Izapa "Protoclassic" and Early Classic Periods

Author(s): Rebecca Mendelsohn

Year: 2015


Izapa is best known as a Formative period (850-50 BC) monumental center with elaborately carved monuments. The site is also known for its Late Classic period monumental construction in Group F, at the northern end of the site. Considerably less attention has been paid to the transitional Terminal Formative or "Protoclassic" period Hato and Itstapa phases (50 BC-AD 250), as well as the Early Classic period Jaritas phase (AD 250-400), which bridge the temporal gap between these two centers. This paper presents new data from the 2013 excavations of the Izapa Household Archaeology Project and addresses this transitional period. It will summarize the recently refined ceramic chronology for the Hato, Itstapa and Jaritas phases, present new C14 dates, and discuss the interactions between people at Izapa with other regions of Mesoamerica during this time.

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New Discoveries in the Izapa "Protoclassic" and Early Classic Periods. Rebecca Mendelsohn. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395210)


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;