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Whole Vessel Caches: A Comparison of Offerings at Cerro de la Virgen with lower Río Verde Valley Public Space Offerings

Author(s): Vanessa Monson ; Jeffrey Brzezinski

Year: 2017

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Summary

Previous archaeological excavations in the lower Río Verde Valley in Oaxaca, Mexico have provided evidence for communal ceremonies since the Late Formative (400-150 BCE). The Terminal Formative (150 BCE-250 CE) period saw a continuation of communal ceremonies at hinterland sites along with the emergence of the region’s first polity, Río Viejo. The maintenance of these practices in the hinterland during the increasing urbanization occurring at Río Viejo suggests their importance in community identity. These ceremonies included mortuary rituals, feasting, and public offerings. This presentation will focus on public offerings primarily by presenting data from Cerro de la Virgen, one of several secondary centers. Three seasons of fieldwork at Cerro de la Virgen have demonstrated a marked affinity for the emplacement of offerings, especially whole vessels, on a scale not seen in other secondary centers in the lower Río Verde Valley. The data from Cerro de la Virgen will then be compared with public offerings at other secondary sites in the region.


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Whole Vessel Caches: A Comparison of Offerings at Cerro de la Virgen with lower Río Verde Valley Public Space Offerings. Vanessa Monson, Jeffrey Brzezinski. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431059)


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Geographic Keywords
Mesoamerica


Spatial Coverage

min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14462

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