The Obsidian of Matacanela

Author(s): Shayna Lindquist; Xochitl Leon

Year: 2015


The Matacanela Archaeological Project (MAP) seeks to add to the greater understanding of the Classic to Postclassic transition, within the Gulf lowlands of Mesoamerica. Within the surface obsidian assemblage analyzed from the first season of this two-year project, distribution patterns and source frequencies delineate a definite Classic presence, reflecting certain hallmarks of surrounding established Classic period sites. In this paper, we present the obsidian recovered, and further consider Matacanela’s identity among regional contemporaries, particularly how the data contributes to the discussion of the site as a polity challenging regional authority. We finally discuss Matacanela’s Postclassic occupation and areas for potential investigation.

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The Obsidian of Matacanela. Shayna Lindquist, Xochitl Leon. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395729)



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