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Obsidian craft production at Teotihuacan: A view from Tlajinga 17

Author(s): Kenneth Hirth ; Mark Dennison ; Sean Carr ; Sarah Imfeld ; Casana Popp

Year: 2016

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In 1986 John Clark published a seminal article that questioned the scale of obsidian craft production at Teotihuacan as reconstructed by the Teotihuacan Mapping Project (TMP). Clark argued that many of the areas identified as obsidian workshops from surface materials were concentrations of production refuse deposited as fill and eroding out of residential and public architecture. Excavations by the Projecto Arqueologico Teotihuacan-Tlajinga (PATT) in 2013 explored the stratigraphic relationships in Tlajinga 17, a domestic apartment compound in the southern portion of the city where the TMP had identified the presence of a small obsidian workshop. This paper evaluates the subsurface contextual associations of obsidian production debris with the residential architecture to determine if surface indications of obsidian production represent in situ craft activity. The excavations provide the first empirical attempt to evaluate the accuracy of TMP model of obsidian craft production and what it implies about the organization of the city’s ancient urban economy.

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Obsidian craft production at Teotihuacan: A view from Tlajinga 17. Kenneth Hirth, Mark Dennison, Sean Carr, Sarah Imfeld, Casana Popp. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403530)


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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