The Altica Project: Reframing the Formative Basin of Mexico

Author(s): Wesley Stoner; Deborah Nichols

Year: 2017


The Altica Project, that began in 2014, is an important step in addressing the limited problem-oriented research at Formative sites in the Basin of Mexico for over two decades. Altica is the earliest-known settled village in the Teotihuacan Valley and one of the only first-farming village sites in the Basin of Mexico that has not been engulfed by the urban sprawl of Mexico City. Despite its small size and remote location, Altica was an important piece in Early and Middle Formative exchange networks as it played a role in the early trade of Otumba obsidian and imported other goods from distant places in Mesoamerica. In this presentation, we frame the research project and outline major goals. Survey and excavation results are introduced. Finally, we preface each of the presentations to situate them within the framework of the general project goals.

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The Altica Project: Reframing the Formative Basin of Mexico. Wesley Stoner, Deborah Nichols. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429690)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 12151