Rancho La Cueva: Agaves and Casas Grandes in a cliff dwelling

Author(s): Jupiter Martinez; Amanda Ríos

Year: 2017


La Cueva is a cliff dwelling built by the Casas Grandes people in the Sierra Madre Occidental in Sonora, México. It has been studied by the Sierra Alta de Sonora Archaeological Project with the aim of understanding the Subregional System on the mountains. So far, we have identified a protohistoric component and a prehistoric occupation from the Viejo and Medio Period (900-1450 A.D.). But the most relevant information is related with the mezcaleros knives, an industry well identified. At the site, we have evidence for the whole sequence of collecting, processing, and using agave. The presentation will describe this data.

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Rancho La Cueva: Agaves and Casas Grandes in a cliff dwelling. Jupiter Martinez, Amanda Ríos. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431612)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14772