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Palaces at La Joya, Classic Period Central Veracruz: Architectural and Ideological Evidence

Author(s): Annick J. E. Daneels

Year: 2017

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La Joya was the capital of a very small state during the 1st millennium AD in South Central Veracruz. This region is rarely associated with major political power, though obviously it was of high prestige in the Mesoamerican world in terms of the distribution of the paraphernalia associated with the ballgame ritual. Two contemporary monumental platforms at the site can be interpreted as palaces, with administrative, residential, ritual, and service areas, one possibly housing a political and the other a religious ruler. Besides architectural layout, evidence rests on the urban setting, the monumentality and quality of construction, the presence of a sumptuary burial in a commemorative pyramid, the recurrence of sacrificial deposits for building consecration, and a large termination sacrifice that may be interpreted as a lineage extermination act.

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Palaces at La Joya, Classic Period Central Veracruz: Architectural and Ideological Evidence. Annick J. E. Daneels. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429094)


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 12142

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