Not so Strange Strangers in a Strange Land?


Ceramic evidence combined with obsidian and sculptural data from the archaeological site of Matacanela are beginning to paint an unexpected picture of intra- and inter-regional dynamics in the Early and Middle Classic Tuxtlas region of the southern Gulf lowlands. These data point to an unexpectedly independent political-economic relationship with the nearby center Matacapan, but one that may have been created through elite-alliance networks that differently incorporated Teotihuacan-style symbols into local political strategies. In this poster, we consider existing models for political and economic networks in the Tuxtlas, how those networks differently incorporated foreign styles in political strategies, and how new ceramic evidence, some of which includes recent NAA characterizations, addresses our evolving understanding of Classic period dynamics.

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Not so Strange Strangers in a Strange Land?. Marcie Venter, Daniel Pierce, Michael Glascock, Tiffany Franklin, Caitlyn Housley. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432024)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16074