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The meaning of the plants around the death: the case of the Offer 149

Author(s): Laura Ortíz ; Julia Perez ; Ximena Chávez ; Emilio Ibarra

Year: 2017

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Each offer in the Tenochtitlan Sacred Enclosure is the representation of a microcosmos that can be understood through the analysis and interpretation of each one of its compounds. An important part of them are the vegetal microremains, floral remains that did not endure trough the pass of the time for its own organic nature but that in the Aztec period had multiple meanings that allowed them to be an frequent material of offering.

The Offer 149 is an exceptional case up to the moment, not only for the wealth of the materials, which include braziers, olive seashells, flint knives, bone awls, copal, obsidian objects, bone remains of snakes and birds. The presence of two infants decapitated and dismembered are the elements that give a relevant meaning to the discourse of the offer. The quantity and the excellent conservation state of the pollen remains, identified as part of the Cheno-Am pollinical group, can be indicative of the intentional deposition of these plants that keep a strong symbolical meaning, possibly making an allusion of the child´s sacrifice because it is a special consecration offer.

In this paper we will present the preliminary results of the pollinical content of the Offer 149.

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The meaning of the plants around the death: the case of the Offer 149. Laura Ortíz, Julia Perez, Ximena Chávez, Emilio Ibarra. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430032)


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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): 17275

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