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Confronting Conflict in the Tequila Region: Spatial Configurations in a Bellicose Landscape

Author(s): Verenice Heredia Espinoza ; Christopher Beekman

Year: 2017

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During the Late Postclassic, the Tequila region was home to multiple small, ethnically, and linguistically diverse polities, which both competed and cooperated with one another. This period was highly conflictive due to attempts by the Tarascan Empire to push its way into the valleys, wreaking havoc in several towns along the way. To the north, bellicose, nomadic groups were also a threat to Tequila’s population. Therefore, we hypothesize that Late Postclassic settlement patterns reflect this conflictive political milieu. We evaluate this hypothesis by investigating possible internal and external boundaries and how they relate to conflict. We also consider the degree to which the Tequila region’s geomorphology, which included valleys, mountains, canyons, and lakes, figured into boundary strategies.

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Confronting Conflict in the Tequila Region: Spatial Configurations in a Bellicose Landscape. Verenice Heredia Espinoza, Christopher Beekman. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429976)


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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): 15664

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