A Fabric-Impressed Potsherd from San Andrés, Tabasco, Mexico


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Despite over a century of intense research, little has been published on the non-durable technology of the Olmecs. This is due to the "tyranny" of preservation, which strongly biases the archaeological record in most areas toward durable artifacts. Recent analysis of a probably accidentally impressed potsherd from San Andrés, within the urban polity of La Venta, indicates the production of at least one type of finely woven textile/basketry and suggests the existence of a highly sophisticated Olmec textile/basketry industry, based in part on the cultivation of cotton. The technology of the impressed specimen is presented, and the possible implications of this analysis are elaborated.

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A Fabric-Impressed Potsherd from San Andrés, Tabasco, Mexico. Mary Pohl, J. M. Adovasio, Christopher von Nagy. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450216)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -98.987; min lat: 17.77 ; max long: -86.858; max lat: 25.839 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 22844