Excavating Acapulco. Archaeology at the fortress of San Diego.


In 2015 and 2016 archaeological work was carried out at the historic fortress of San Diego, Acapulco, in the Pacific coast of Mexico by the project "Maritime Archaeology of the Port of Acapulco". Excavation on the outer wall yielded materials from pre-Hispanic times, all the way to the XX century. Diverse ceramics such as local wares, majolica’s from many parts of Mexico and porcelains from China and Europe, were recorded. Glass, metal and a variety of animal and human bones were also collected. The materials give glimpses into the daily life of the Port and its history, such as the diet and personal possessions of the inhabitants, like beads and buttons, tools and ammunition among many other items. The archaeological project promises to yield valuable information on trade, daily life, and the nature of its multi racial population. The project is also doing underwater exploration of the bay.

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Excavating Acapulco. Archaeology at the fortress of San Diego.. Ruben Manzanilla, Roberto Junco, Salvador Estrada. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435318)

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Temporal Keywords
XVI to XX centuries

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 264