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Symmetry Axis and it’s Calendric Properties in Tamtoc, San Luis Potosí. An Archaeoastronomical Approach

Author(s): Benno Fiehring ; Hans Martz de la Vega

Year: 2017

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With only scarce information on the topic, we have undertaken an archaeoastronomical investigation in Tamtoc, because we consider that the relations between its architecture and phenomena in the sky constituted an important element for the harmonic integration of it’s urban space, which probably supported oral discourse in the past. The measurement of the building’s orientation in relation to the local horizon, allows us to know the specific calendric dates at which the sun aligns with the axis in question, a fact that contributes important information with respect to the settlements formation.

In this paper we present the results of several archaeoastronomical measurements and argue that Mesoamerican calendric intervals have been operated in Tamtoc. It seems to be clear, that pairs of calendric dates (that are part of particular calendric families) as well as conmensurative intervals were used to orientate and position buildings and formally integrate the urban center.


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Symmetry Axis and it’s Calendric Properties in Tamtoc, San Luis Potosí. An Archaeoastronomical Approach. Benno Fiehring, Hans Martz de la Vega. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429902)


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Geographic Keywords
Mesoamerica


Spatial Coverage

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

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Abstract Id(s): 15498

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