Copal Offering Objects: Manufactured in Tenochtitlan

Author(s): Naoli Victoria Lona

Year: 2015


In our days, is a general known the amazing offering ritual made by the mexica people in the late Posclassic period. The studies show a high diversity of organic and inorganic material, some local, some brought from foreign lands, like the resin of copal case, as was verified by historical documents and ethnographic studies, so, the copal resin was imported as crude feedstock.

The resin was brought to Tenochtitlan where it was transformed into different objects like bars, spheres, conglomerates, knives bases of sacrifice, anthropomorphous figurines and diverse amorphous fragments, and these objects would be their gifts to their gods.

Thanks to the macroscopic and microscopic study of more than 300 objects of copal from the offerings of the Archaeological Zone the Great Temple ("Templo Mayor"), it was possible to establish a constant in the processes of manufacture of each formal group; that was corroborated by the Axial Computed Tomography (TAC), a non-invasive radiological technique.

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Copal Offering Objects: Manufactured in Tenochtitlan. Naoli Victoria Lona. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395848)


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