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Technological analysis of bone bloodletting instruments from the offerings of The Great Temple of Tenochtitlan

Author(s): Norma Valentin ; Gilberto Pérez Roldán ; Erika Lucero Robles ; Israel Elizalde Méndez

Year: 2017

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Summary

In the seventh season of excavation at the Templo Mayor Project (2007-2014), 25 bone awls were recovered from offerings found in front of the staircase of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan. We were able to determine that the bone awls were elaborated from bones of birds and mammals, such as eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), jaguar (Panthera onca), mountain lion (Puma concolor), wolf (Canis lupus) and whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus). The bone awls were recovered from five offerings (120, 121, 126, 141 and 149), of which three were located in places directly associated with goddess Tlaltecuhtli and the other two in the Cuauhxicalco. All of them correspond to the sixth construction stage (1486-1502 A.C.). In the present study we performed a taxonomic identification, typological analysis and manufacturing technique analysis of the recovered bone tools with the purpose of increasing our knowledge of the complex bone industry that the Tenochca Empire had during the government of Ahuizotl.


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Technological analysis of bone bloodletting instruments from the offerings of The Great Temple of Tenochtitlan. Norma Valentin, Gilberto Pérez Roldán, Erika Lucero Robles, Israel Elizalde Méndez. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429835)


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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): 15434

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