Tlatilco Revisited

Author(s): Catharina Santasilia

Year: 2018


Since Tlatilco was discovered in the 1930s by Miguel Covarrubias, our understanding of the Early Formative site has changed with a steady flow over the last 80 years. During the 1940s, 50s, and 60s Tlatilco was excavated revealing the dynamic of the site, with the objective to establish the chronology and preserve the many burials. There seems to be extensive evidence that Tlatilco in fact was more than a burial site. The established (calibrated) dates for Tlatilco to be between 1200-900 BCE which makes Tlatilco contemporary with many other significant cultures in Central Mexico, including: San Lorenzo and Las Bocas. My research involves gathering iconographic and archaeological data from major collections all over the United States, as a supplement to understand the variation within the material expression of this ancient culture. Through comparative techniques, as well as utilizing advanced laboratory analysis, I am investigating the diversity of the community of Tlatilco and its neighbors. New observations and research has yielded changes to our previous understanding of Tlatilco.

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Tlatilco Revisited. Catharina Santasilia. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444721)

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Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 20490