Bayesian 14C Chronology of Tlajinga, Teotihuacan Compounds 17 & 18


A high-resolution chronology of two residential compounds (17:S3E1, 18:S3E1) recently excavated in the Tlajinga district of Teotihuacan has been developed using high-precision AMS 14C dating and artifact seriation datasets. The Tlajinga district is located along the southern Street of the Dead and was a possible entrance for migrants and visitors to the densely populated urban center of Teotihuacan during the Classic Period. Ceramic evidence suggests this district was occupied during the height of the city from the Early Tlamimilolpa period (A.D. 170 – 250) until the collapse of the city in the Metepec period (A.D. 550 – 650). With over 30 14C dates with measurement errors below ±25 14C yr from both human bone and charcoal specimens, Tlajinga is now one of the most dated districts at Teotihuacan. Combining high precision dating with ceramic evidence and utilizing the Oxcal Bayesian framework, this project explores the rise and decline of Teotihuacan’s southern neighborhoods providing insights for apartment compound construction events and population dynamics during the apogee of the city’s occupation.

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Bayesian 14C Chronology of Tlajinga, Teotihuacan Compounds 17 & 18. Gina Buckley, David Carballo, Daniela Hernandez Sariñana, Kenneth Hirth, Douglas J. Kennett. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443086)

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min long: -107.271; min lat: 18.48 ; max long: -94.087; max lat: 23.161 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 21560