Examining elite domestic practices in Postclassic Xaltocan, Mexico

Author(s): Kirby Farah

Year: 2015


The Postclassic site of Xaltocan has been the focus of archaeological investigation for nearly 30 years. Over this period a solid ceramic chronology for the site has been established thanks in large part to the pioneering efforts of Elizabeth Brumfiel and her students. While the vast majority of archaeological research at Xaltocan has focused predominately on commoner contexts, recent archaeological excavations of elite domestic spaces at Xaltocan inform and expand upon the current ceramic chronology. Using these new findings as a jumping off point, this poster presents comparisons between ceramics found in commoner and elite domestic settings at Xaltocan, enabling a greater understanding of local class relations. Additionally, ceramic data sets collected from elite domestic spaces at Xaltocan are also compared with those from other Postclassic elite residences in the Basin of Mexico. Such comparisons contribute to a greater understanding of how regional elite identity was created and sustained through a shared symbol system and trade relations.

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Examining elite domestic practices in Postclassic Xaltocan, Mexico. Kirby Farah. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397204)


Spatial Coverage

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