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Geochemical analysis of Spanish-style amphorae in the Mexican Caribbean

Author(s): Veronica Velasquez ; Carlos Salgado ; Dolores Tenorio ; Melania Jiménez

Year: 2016

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Summary

Fragments of Spanish-style amphorae known as botijas, which date from the Mexican colonial period, were recently recovered in excavations at the port of Campeche, Mexico. Despite being common finds amongst artefacts recovered from colonial-period sites, they have not been sufficiently studied under an archaeological science approach. This would allow understand aspects related with the production and circulation of these vessels. The sample of botijas that was recovered from excavations in the Baluarte of San Carlos and other areas in the historical quarter of the city of Campeche, enabled insights to some aspects related with the commercialization of Spanish comestibles and the vessels themselves in this remote area of the viceroyalty of New Spain. Through the application of chemical analysis to the fabrics it was possible to identify their provenance and contest previous assumptions about their origin.


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Geochemical analysis of Spanish-style amphorae in the Mexican Caribbean. Veronica Velasquez, Carlos Salgado, Dolores Tenorio, Melania Jiménez. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404479)


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min long: -90.747; min lat: 3.25 ; max long: -48.999; max lat: 27.683 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America