Navigating A Shifting Landscape: Tlaxcallan Trade in the Late Postclasic


As the political landscape changed continuously in central Mexico during the Late Postclassic, polities of the region had to constantly adjust and adapt, forging new alliances and dispensing old ones. Faced with an increasingly expansive state in the Basin of Mexico, polities in the Puebla-Tlaxcala Valley likewise had to adjust accordingly. Increasingly isolated, Tlaxcallan found alternate ways to integrate into the greater Mesoamerican market system, while resisting political integration in the Triple Alliance sphere of influence. This paper assesses how Postclassic Tlaxcallan maintained this balancing act through an evaluation of ethnohistoric and archaeological evidence about the polity’s interaction with its neighbors in central Mexico by considering different models and scales of interaction between Tlaxcallan and its neighbors.

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Navigating A Shifting Landscape: Tlaxcallan Trade in the Late Postclasic. Nezahualcoyotl Xiuhtecutli, Aurelio Lopez Corral, Alonso Gabriel Vicencio Castellanos. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429972)


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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): 12169