Macro- and Microbotanical Results from Select Archaeological Contexts in the Plaza of the Columns Complex, Teotihuacan, Mexico
Author(s): Clarissa Cagnato
Paleoethnobotanical analyses provide significant information regarding past human behaviors, which include the selection, production, and consumption of plant resources, among others. This paper focuses on select archaeological contexts, domestic and ritual in nature, which have been investigated from a paleoethnobotanical perspective at the urban center of Teotihuacan, and more specifically in the area known as the Plaza of the Columns Complex. The recovery of macrobotanicals such as maize (Zea mays), amaranth (Amaranthus sp.), and tobacco (Nicotiana sp.), as well as starch grains belonging to chili peppers (Capsicum sp.) and manioc (Manihot esculenta) among others, indicates not only a wide range of plant taxa utilization, but also that the inhabitants of this particular sector of Teotihuacan had access to a variety of plants resources from both local and possibly more distant landscapes. These new data will be briefly compared and contrasted to those obtained by previous investigations, in particular to the well-studied apartment compounds situated in different parts of the city.
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Macro- and Microbotanical Results from Select Archaeological Contexts in the Plaza of the Columns Complex, Teotihuacan, Mexico. Clarissa Cagnato. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444881)
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