San Marcos Jilotzingo: heritage issues after 900 years of continue occupancy

Author(s): Diana Gonzalez Omaña

Year: 2017


In September 2015, the second season of The Northern Basin of Mexico Sites Verification Project was made. During fieldwork, we had the chance of visit San Marcos Jilotzingo, a little town in the Mexican state of Mexico, and realize that the current village lay over the remains of prehispanic Xilotzingo, in which they share the same agricultural terraces, the tuff carved streets and building materials. But surprisingly there were no structures, since the current inhabitants of Jilotzingo dismantled prehispanic constructions in order to solve their daily needs, such as: raise the fences of their homes, to dam the river, or building tombs in the local cemetery.

The viceregal Xilotzingo, use to bring limestone to Hueypoxtla, to produce lime to sell to the Spaniards. Later, this area was incorporated into the encomienda given by Cortes to Isabel de Moctezuma. But all this is ignored by the modern inhabitants of Jilotzingo because at some moment of time, they lost the memory of their own history. Perhaps, remembering their past will work to stop the loss of their heritage or, maybe, poverty is their worse enemy.

Cite this Record

San Marcos Jilotzingo: heritage issues after 900 years of continue occupancy. Diana Gonzalez Omaña. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431845)


Diffusion heritage

Geographic Keywords

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 15428