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Refinement of the La Quemada Chronology and its Implications for Inter-polity Interaction along the Northern Frontier of Mesoamerica

Author(s): Stephanie Kulow ; Ben Nelson ; Andrea Torvinen

Year: 2015

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During the Epiclassic period (A.D. 500-900), the northern frontier of Mesoamerica consisted of a regional network of polities focused on large, hilltop centers including the site of La Quemada in the Malpaso Valley of Zacatecas, Mexico. While extensive archaeological research has been conducted at the site, a seriation of the La Quemada-Malpaso Valley Archaeological Project ceramic assemblage remains to be finalized. Establishing the chronology of La Quemada is essential for two reasons: (1) to ensure the occupational history of La Quemada is accurately integrated into the regional chronology of the northern frontier; and (2) to establish the chronological control necessary for addressing changes in the social interactions in which La Quemada residents engaged. Previous analyses found that red-on-buff and incised-engraved types predominate in most proveniences through the entire occupation of La Quemada; therefore, the type-based analysis will be informed by an attribute analysis focused on seriating design motifs (e.g., frets, steps, zigzags, and life forms). Such an approach may allow us to identify fine-scale variations in the frequency of red-on-buff and incised-engraved ceramics though time, which will enhance our ability to order proveniences based on their assemblage composition.

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Refinement of the La Quemada Chronology and its Implications for Inter-polity Interaction along the Northern Frontier of Mesoamerica. Andrea Torvinen, Ben Nelson, Stephanie Kulow. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397212)


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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