Patterns of Plant Use at Los Soldados and Beyond

Author(s): Jennifer Alvarado; Amber VanDerwarker

Year: 2015


There has been much speculation regarding the nature of agriculture and subsistence among the Formative Gulf Coastal Olmec, and regional subsistence reconstructions based on primary plant data are now beginning to bear fruit. Recent excavations in the rural Olmec heartland and the neighboring Sierra de los Tuxtlas have yielded pertinent archaeobotanical data that have revealed considerable local variation in plant foodways. We build on these studies by presenting archaeobotanical data from Los Soldados, a Middle Formative habitation site along the Río Pesquero, and present a comparative analysis with extant data. Results from Los Soldados reveal that local variation in daily foodways is the regional norm, rather than the exception.

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Patterns of Plant Use at Los Soldados and Beyond. Jennifer Alvarado, Amber VanDerwarker. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396767)



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