tDAR Logo tDAR digital antiquity

Classic Period Architectural Variation and Interregional Interaction: A View from the Tres Zapotes Hinterland

Author(s): Michael L. Loughlin

Year: 2017

» Downloads & Basic Metadata

Summary

During the Protoclassic (A.D. 1-300) and Early Classic (A.D. 300-600) periods, the Eastern Lower Papaloapan Basin (ELPB) experienced an important reorganization. The political influence of the large center at Tres Zapotes began to wane and a series of new centers were established across an increasingly independent, but fragmented political landscape. Eschewing the architectural cannons of the Tres Zapotes polity, these new centers are characterized by diverse configurations revealed by pedestrian survey and LiDAR mapping, many of which feature monumental platforms and/or "Standard Plan" layouts, architectural forms more common in Central and South-Central Veracruz. I argue that the use of these non-local styles reflects a reorientation of interregional interaction in the ELPB toward the large polities in Central Veracruz, such as Cerro de las Mesas. These interactions are further evidenced by the appearance of Mixtequilla style ceramics in the ELPB during the Early Classic period.


This Resource is Part of the Following Collections


Cite this Record

Classic Period Architectural Variation and Interregional Interaction: A View from the Tres Zapotes Hinterland. Michael L. Loughlin. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431943)


Keywords

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): 15441

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