Archaeomagnetic Studies in Xalla: Contributions to the Chronology of Teotihuacan


This is an abstract from the "The Palace of Xalla in Teotihuacan: A Possible Seat of Power in the Ancient Metropolis" session, at the 86th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The results of three sampling stages carried out in Xalla, a neighborhood with the Teotihuacan government offices under the direction of Dr. Manzanilla in 2001, 2003, and 2012 are presented. A total of 28 archaeomagnetic samples were taken and processed in the Laboratory of Paleomagnetism of the UNAM. Secular variation curves of the geomagnetic field for that area of the country were constructed with data from Wolfman (1990), Hueda et al. (2004), Soler et al. (2006), Hernandez-Avila (2005), Romero (2008) and Terán (2013). The new data used in the curves have been corroborated by radiocarbon dating. Bayesian statistics were employed for archaeomagnetic dating. Ten dates have been obtained, one Miccaotli, one Tlalmimilolpa, and eight Xolalpan, two of which correspond to the great fire that caused the abandonment of the city. The data is compared with the chronology proposed by Beramendi et al. (2009) with data from Teopancazco and other chronological series from the central neighborhoods of Teotihuacan.

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Archaeomagnetic Studies in Xalla: Contributions to the Chronology of Teotihuacan. Ana Soler-Arechalde, Laura Beramendi-Orosco, Galia González-Hernández. Presented at The 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. 2021 ( tDAR id: 466471)

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

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Abstract Id(s): 31985