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Ritual Deposits at El Marquesillo, Veracruz: Examples of Long-Term Collective Social Memory

Author(s): Travis Doering

Year: 2016

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The settlement of El Marquesillo in Southern Veracruz was inhabited during the Mesoamerican Early Formative period, emerged as an Olmec center during the Middle Formative period, and remained occupied throughout the remainder of the pre-Columbian period. During the late Middle to early Late Formative period an Olmec monumental tabletop throne was ritually terminated and deposited. This interment was accompanied by two substantial offerings suggestive of a feasting event. More than a millennium later, during the late Classic period, three more meticulously placed offerings were cached nearby. Based on various lines of evidence, these later offerings appear to have been expressions of long-term social memory designed to recall the Formative period Olmec activities. This paper reviews the details of these depositions and their potential relationships.


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Ritual Deposits at El Marquesillo, Veracruz: Examples of Long-Term Collective Social Memory. Travis Doering. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403639)


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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