The Context of Tlatilco Figurines

Author(s): Patricia Ochoa Castillo

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Mesoamerican Figurines in Context. New Insights on Tridimensional Representations from Archaeology" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Analysis around anthropomorphic figurines found in prehispanic sites have been diverse, nevertheless the intrigue and confusion among their interpretations are still remaining. Fortunately figurines typologies for the Mesoamerican Formative are useful to locate them chronologically, likewise spatially, although there is still the need to study them in relation to their context. In the Formative site of Tlatilco, located in Central Mexico, many clay figurines have been obtained through four season excavations. In those around 500 burials were explored, with their associated offering, bell-shaped pits, among other elements, and in which it is very common to find figurines. To understand the use and significance of the figurines among their society, it is essential to focus this study especially on those pieces that come from safe archaeological contexts, using the field information, as well as the archaeological material available.

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The Context of Tlatilco Figurines. Patricia Ochoa Castillo. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452159)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 23888