Preceramic Cultures of the Basin of Mexico


The period from early peopling until the appearance of pottery in the basin of Mexico is poorly known despite its importance to know the emergence of the early sedentary communities and the development of the first political centers in the area. This study summarizes the state of knowledge about hunter-gatherer communities in the basin and presents recent studies that have allowed us to expand our knowledge of this period, particularly for the so-called Archaic period. We highlight the profusion of findings for this period, mainly human remains, but with little information about the cultural, subsistence and environmental context of these societies. Recent studies in the areas of ​​Texcoco, Tepexpan and Xochimilco allow us to obtain new data on cultural remains, paleoethnobotanical and paleoenvironmental data and also new 14C datings that allow us to expand our knowledge about this period.

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Preceramic Cultures of the Basin of Mexico. Guillermo Acosta-Ochoa, Emily McClung de Tapia, Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444121)

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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): 20774