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The Scales of the Landscape in Tarascan Rock art of the Postclassic Period (AD 1200-1520): the Petroglyphs of El Paraiso, Zacapu, Michoacan (Mexico).

Author(s): Brigitte Faugere

Year: 2016

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Summary

As in other regions of the world, the rock art of northern Michoacan (Mexico) has to be seen within a given landscape. But the study of the El Paraiso petroglyphs (Zacapu) shows that there is in reality a complex set of intricate scales of landscapes: since a macro scale that involves the whole surrounding environment to a micro scale where the engraved blocks themselves form a sacred geography. The 3D survey realized recently highlights the subtle dialogue between the location of the blocks, the orientation of the decorated panels and the iconography. A part of the myths of Tarascan people of the Postclassic period seems to become accessible.


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The Scales of the Landscape in Tarascan Rock art of the Postclassic Period (AD 1200-1520): the Petroglyphs of El Paraiso, Zacapu, Michoacan (Mexico).. Brigitte Faugere. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403483)


Keywords

General
Mexico Michoacan rockart

Geographic Keywords
Mesoamerica


Spatial Coverage

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