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The Role of Altica in Exchange and Interactions during the Early Middle Formative in Central Mexico

Author(s): Deborah Nichols ; Wesley Stoner

Year: 2017

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Interaction was important early in the development of complex societies during the Formative period in Mesoamerica. Despite its small size, Altica was integrated into Early-Middle Formative exchange networks as it obtained some ceramics, obsidian blades, and ornaments of exotic stone and exported Otumba obsidian that began to circulate widely at this this time. There likely were other early villages within proximity to the Otumba source engaged in procuring obsidian for trade to other sites, but Altica is the only one so far identified. We discuss our multi-technique approach to composition analysis of Formative ceramics and obsidian. To place Alitca in a regional context, a goal of the project is to develop a compositional data base, not just for Altica, but for the Basin of Mexico and for Central Mexico more generally. This represents one of the largest compositional studies for the Formative period in Mesoamerica. Our goal is to develop a foundation for subsequent researchers to build on.

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The Role of Altica in Exchange and Interactions during the Early Middle Formative in Central Mexico. Deborah Nichols, Wesley Stoner. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429688)


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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): 12156

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