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Smuggling and Distribution Routes of the Manila Galleon. The case of some XVI century Chinese porcelains and majolica in the Pacific coast of Mexico

Author(s): Roberto Junco

Year: 2017

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Summary

In 2006 a survey was carried out in the north coast of Guerrero, Mexico that pointed to possible smuggling activities related to the route of the Manila Galleon. Several dozen shards of Chinese porcelain were recorded. Analysis of the Chinese porcelain determined that the collection was part of one depositional event and can be attributed to the late XVI century. In the collection are several common types such as phoenix plates, bowls and cups. Related to the porcelain was a ceramic type known as Romita Sgrafitto, which at the moment, its origin was unknown. Analysis of this ceramic with Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis, made it possible to reconstruct distribution routes of the galleon trade previously unknown, as well as hypothesize about smuggling activity in the coast, something that is known form historical accounts but not from the archaeological record.


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Smuggling and Distribution Routes of the Manila Galleon. The case of some XVI century Chinese porcelains and majolica in the Pacific coast of Mexico. Roberto Junco. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435315)


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Temporal Keywords
XVI century


Spatial Coverage

min long: -117.122; min lat: 14.551 ; max long: -86.739; max lat: 32.718 ;

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PaperId(s): 174

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