The sound of dancing in the desert Northwest/Southwest. Copper bells from Trincheras, and the Casas Grandes Connection.
Author(s): Elisa Villalpando
Since the 1963 Sprague and Signori’s tabulation on copper bells, to Vargas 1995 or Wilcox et al. 2008, there is no question that copper bells in the Southwest/Northwest were trade items produced in West Mexico. Different kinds of exchange networks were responsible for the distributional patterns of the very "rare" items (copper bells and macaws) as opposed to those exhibited by the more common shell and turquoise. Few central communities exchanged copper bells and macaws; being macaws (Ara militaris) the most restricted in terms of numbers and associated settlements. I will explore the relation of copper bells and Ramos Polychrome in Sonoran Prehispanic settlements as an exchange network that connect West Mexico to the desert Southwest/Northwest through the Casas Grandes World.
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- Examining Webs of Social Relations: New Research in West Mexican Archaeology and West Mexico-U.S. Southwest Connections •
- Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015)
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The sound of dancing in the desert Northwest/Southwest. Copper bells from Trincheras, and the Casas Grandes Connection.. Elisa Villalpando. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396244)