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Domesticated Huauhtzontli (Chenopodium berlandieri Moq. ssp nuttalliae [Safford] Wilson & Heiser) in prehispanic and modern México

Author(s): Emily McClung De Tapia

Year: 2017

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Summary

Huauhtzontli, a cultivated chenopod widely distributed in the central highlands of Mexico, is generally believed to have been domesticated in prehispanic times. However, neither the timing nor the area of domestication have been clearly established. Morphometric analyses of modern fruits of the central Mexican subspecies of Chenopodium berlandieri and revision of archaeological specimens recovered from various excavations in the region suggest that domesticated fruits were not predominant, possibly until the end of the Late Preclassic period or later. Currently available evidence for archaeological remains of Chenopodium from the Teotihuacan Valley, Xaltocan and San Gregorio Atlapulco are discussed. Modern culinary traditions and their possible prehispanic counterparts are considered.


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Domesticated Huauhtzontli (Chenopodium berlandieri Moq. ssp nuttalliae [Safford] Wilson & Heiser) in prehispanic and modern México. Emily McClung De Tapia. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429817)


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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): 14741

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