Recent Research at the Neighborhood Center of Tlajinga, Teotihuacan


This is an abstract from the "Teotihuacan: Multidisciplinary Research on Mesoamerica's Classic Metropolis" session, at the 86th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Investigations of the Proyecto Arqueológico Tlajinga Teotihuacan (PATT) in 2019 focused on the southern neighborhood center of this cluster of non-elite residences in the southern periphery of the ancient Mexican metropolis. Research objectives included understanding the social infrastructure of public space within the district and how it tied its inhabitants together. Methods included excavations at two large architectural complexes, geophysical prospection of the same as well as adjacent structures and plazas, and floor and sediment chemistry analysis. They revealed architecturally elaborate complexes decorated with mural painting that appear to have been the loci of civic-ceremonial activities. Materials from the excavated portions of the complexes are inconsistent with residential uses, though it is possible that local elites lived elsewhere in the complexes or in nearby ones. The investigations therefore demonstrate that the semipublic spaces of neighborhood centers on the periphery of Teotihuacan could be as elaborate as those in the urban epicenter, underscoring the city’s more muted social inequality.

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Recent Research at the Neighborhood Center of Tlajinga, Teotihuacan. David Carballo, Daniela Hernández Sariñana, Maria Codlin, Alfredo Saucedo Zavala, Gloria Torres Rodríguez. Presented at The 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. 2021 ( tDAR id: 466777)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 32124