Thread Production in Ocotelulco, Tlaxcallan, Mexico


This is an abstract from the "Tlaxcallan: Mesoamerica's Bizarro World" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Archaeological excavations undertaken by the Tlaxcallan Archaeological Project have recovered an important sample of spindle whorls from Late Postclassic – Early Colonial (1420 -1540 A.D.) domestic contexts in Ocotelulco, a subsection of the urban site of Tlaxcallan, Mexico. In this paper, we present the results of the analysis of identified whorl types and group proportions to better understand local thread production. These results are then compared with a sample from Tepeticpac, another subsection of Tlaxcallan. In this latter sample, we previously recorded a high proportion of whorls associated with processing fine and short fibers, such as cotton. We discuss the socioeconomic and technological implications of these results, as well as provide a wider panorama for textile production in Tlaxcallan.

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Thread Production in Ocotelulco, Tlaxcallan, Mexico. Thania Ibarra, Lane Fargher, Aurelio Lopez Corral. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452443)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 25056