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Strengthening the State: Intensification and Mixed Agricultural Strategies in Late Postclassic Puebla-Tlaxcala

Author(s): Aurelio Lopez Corral

Year: 2015

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The development of agricultural technologies is a key element in theory concerning the growth of Mesoamerican state societies. Cultivation of species under improved environmental conditions suggests intensification oriented strategies for the finance of political institutions, and to attend auto-consumption needs of households at the subsistence level. During the Late Postclassic, the Puebla-Tlaxcala region witnessed the rise and consolidation of various rival state-level polities known locally as altepemeh. Recent archaeological research indicates that, parallel to this phenomenon, there is a widespread use of different agricultural technologies, such as terraces, drained fields and canals, to intensively exploit crucial ecological areas. This paper explores the role of large-scale staple food production in relation to the strengthening of institutional apparatus and its implications for the expansion of indigenous state societies.

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Strengthening the State: Intensification and Mixed Agricultural Strategies in Late Postclassic Puebla-Tlaxcala. Aurelio Lopez Corral. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396005)


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

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America