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Fishes Swimming in the Magdalena River. Villages and Summit Features in the Middle Magdalena Valley, Northwest Sonora

Author(s): Elisa Villalpando

Year: 2017

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At the end of the 1990s, Suzanne and Paul Fish conducted a full coverage survey around the regional center Cerro de Trincheras in the middle Magdalena Valley "to clarify the role of the many smaller or secondary trincheras sites within territorial organization" (Fish and Fish 2007:168). Early Ceramic trincheras sites were located 2.5 to 4 kilometers from its nearest neighbor; all suggest multifunctional and residential occupations in the Magdalena valley, and most of them continued in use in the El Cerro Phase (A.D. 1300-1450). Summit rock rings are the main architectural feature. El Cerro Phase in the middle Magdalena Valley is marked by the occupancy of Cerro de Trincheras; trincheras sites are more numerous and widespread than Early Ceramic sites. El Cerro Phase sites had corrales with a standardized form which denotes replication and institutionalization of specialized functions, creating a network of integrative trincheras nodes that increasingly interlinked populations. The Fishes interpret summit compounds at Sonora and Arizona as ideologically significant features and move into ethnography for plausible frameworks for testing interpretations. I will discuss if summit structures are a trans-regional phenomenon that include concepts taken by Northwest/Southwest societies who incorporate them in their own traditions.


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Fishes Swimming in the Magdalena River. Villages and Summit Features in the Middle Magdalena Valley, Northwest Sonora. Elisa Villalpando. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430327)


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