Early Postclassic Copper Objects from the Lower Rio Verde Valley, Oaxaca, Mexico
This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
Some of the earliest examples of metallurgy in Mesoamerica come from sites in the West Mexican region where metalworking, especially of copper objects, was introduced by Ecuadorian traders in the 600s-700s C.E. The recent discovery of copper items including bells and hammered copper sheets from Early Postclassic contexts (800-1100 C.E.) in the Lower Rio Verde Valley, Oaxaca, indicates that people living further south along the Pacific coast were also able to access copper items, at a period earlier than was previously thought. This paper presents the Early Postclassic copper items from the Lower Rio Verde Valley and situates them within the context of early Mesoamerican metalworking, as well as within local and regional trade networks.
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Early Postclassic Copper Objects from the Lower Rio Verde Valley, Oaxaca, Mexico. Pascale Meehan, Arthur Joyce, Sarah Barber, Marc Levine. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449474)
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Abstract Id(s): 24053