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The archaeological site of Presa de la Luz: New Insights on the relationship between the Altos of Jalisco, the Bajio and the Mexico Basin

Author(s): Francisco Rodríguez Mota ; Rodrigo Esparza Lopez ; Juan Morales

Year: 2015

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Summary

During the years of 2012 and 2013 draft surface survey was conducted to record more than 600 petroglyphs of the archaeological site known as Presa de la Luz in southern highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. This site drew attention from the beginning due to the high number of pecked cross or solar markers, we recorded nine of these, could be the site with the largest number in any Western Mexico. Solar markers are very similar to those recorded in first instance in Teotihuacan and Mexico Basin. Also, the relationship with the Bajio you can see this in the architecture of sunken patios (patios hundidos) of at least two nearby petroglyphs archaeological sites, as well as a constant debitage obsidian, from which a collection was analyzed through XRF technique. In addition, the surface ceramics collected points to an occupation during the Epiclasic between 700-900 AD and perhaps some earlier. In this paper the results and inferences will be tabled and discussed this influence of distant regions.

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The archaeological site of Presa de la Luz: New Insights on the relationship between the Altos of Jalisco, the Bajio and the Mexico Basin. Rodrigo Esparza Lopez, Francisco Rodríguez Mota, Juan Morales. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397211)


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Mesoamerica


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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