Characterization of Local and Aztec Rule at Calixtlahuaca

Author(s): Angela Huster

Year: 2017


The Aztec Empire has been characterized as both an example of relatively indirect rule and as a case of relatively collective rule, positions which are least superficially opposed. In this paper, I use ceramic data (INAA, petrography, and type classification) from multiple contemporaneous households at the provincial capital of Calixtlahuaca in the Toluca Valley to evaluate these two positions. I compare data from the time periods during which the site was under local rule and when it was incorporated into the Aztec Empire. I find that the preexisting local rule was likely relatively collective. Aztec imperial rule, while relatively indirect, did result in some reduction in the collectiveness of rule. This study illustrates the importance of separating local governance traditions from imperial rulership strategies.

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Characterization of Local and Aztec Rule at Calixtlahuaca. Angela Huster. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429969)


Aztec Ceramics Rulership

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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): 16334