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Thread production in Late Postclassic Tepeticpac, Tlaxcala: a technological and experimental study of archaeological spindle whorls.

Author(s): Thania Ibarra ; Aurelio López Corral

Year: 2017

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Summary

Textile production was one of the most valuable social and economic activities in prehispanic Mesoamerica. In this study, we inquire into thread production in the site of Tepeticpac, Tlaxcala, one of the main altepemeh of Late Postclassic Tlaxcallan, using a technological, ethnoarchaeological and experimental analysis. In particular, we evaluate key attributes of archaeological spindle whorls in the spinning process, including weight, shape and moment of inertia. With the collaboration of three craftswomen (zapotec and otomí), we performed an experimental study of thread production using replicas of archaeological spindle whorls and different types of fibers. Preliminary results show that although there is a certain correlation between the size of the spindle whorl and the quality of thread produced, it is the ability of the craftswoman and the spinning technique that determines its final quality.


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Thread production in Late Postclassic Tepeticpac, Tlaxcala: a technological and experimental study of archaeological spindle whorls.. Thania Ibarra, Aurelio López Corral. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429110)


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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): 16107

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