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Life on Floors: The Archaeometry of Teotihuacan´s Living Surfaces

Author(s): Hilda Lozano Bravo

Year: 2017

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Archaeometric studies promote interdisciplinarity. Therefore, through this framework we can analyze other materials which facilitate the understanding of the society which created, modified, and used them. To sum up, with this methodology we seek to comprehend the characteristics of the materials used to build the city of Teotihuacan.

Currently, there are archaeomagnetic studies underway which intend to discover the Sun Pyramid Square’s chronology of occupation. Furthermore, we are also conducting physical analyses that aim to understand the floor structure; some of these include: optical microscopy, SEM, XRF, FTIR, Raman and Pixe. Moreover, these analyses are being complemented by the identification of the floor’s mineralogical composition through soil micromorphology.

In fact, we were able to identify similarities and differences between the materials used in the manufacture of floors. That is to say, that this discovery may indicate that preferences towards certain raw materials could be related to the technological advances that were achieved over time in Teotihuacan.

Finally, we propose that these studies suggest that the same surfaces which were used in pre-Hispanic times are themselves an archaeological material that must be taken into account to reconstruct the history of this place.

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Life on Floors: The Archaeometry of Teotihuacan´s Living Surfaces. Hilda Lozano Bravo. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429151)


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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): 15704

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