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Author Voorhies, Barbara, author

Title An archaic Mexican shellmound and its entombed floors / Barbara Voorhies, editor and principal author ; with contributions by Paul Burger, Brendan J. Culleton, Doug H. Drake, Douglas J. Kennett, Isabela Kott, Hector Neff, Elizabeth H. Paris, Heather B. Thakar, Thomas A. Wake
Published Los Angeles : UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, [2015]


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 220 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Monograph ; 80
Monograph (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA) ; 80
Contents Introduction / Barbara Voorhies -- Stratigraphy and chronology of the archaic period deposits at Tlacuachero / Brendan Culleton, Barbara Voorhies, and Douglas J. Kennett -- Dating the Tlacuachero post-archaic deposits: ceramic analysis / Heather B. Thakar -- The Tlacuachero floors: description and sampling methods / Heather B. Thakar -- Geochemistry of the Tlacuachero floors / Hector Neff, Paul Burger, and Isabela Kott -- Spatial analysis of microrefuse and floor color variations / Heather B. Thakar -- A spatial analysis of phytoliths at Tlacuachero / Doug H. Drake -- Early use of chipped stone at Tlacuachero / Elizabeth H. Paris -- The Tlacuachero vertebrate fauna / Thomas A. Wake and Barbara Voorhies -- Some considerations of site formation processes and functions of Tlacuachero / Barbara Voorhies -- Site formation process and function at mega-shellmounds: refuse heaps or platform mounds? / Barbara Voorhies
Summary "Tlacuachero is the site of an Archaic-period shellmound located in the wetlands of the outer coast of southwest Mexico. This book presents investigations of several constructed floors, built during the 600-800 years of site formation in the Archaic period (ca. 8000-2000 BCE), the crucial timespan in Mesoamerican prehistory when people were transitioning from full blown dependency on wild resources to the use of domesticated crops. The constructed floors at the site are among the region's earliest permanent architecture, and are now deeply buried in a limited area within the shellmound. The authors explore what activities were carried out on their surfaces, discussing the floors' patterns of cultural features, sediment color, density and types of embedded microrefuse and phytoliths, as well as chemical signatures of organic remains. The studies conducted at Tlacuachero are especially significant in light of the fact that data-rich lowland sites from the Archaic period are extraordinarily rare; the wealth of information gleaned from the floors of the Tlacuachero shellmound can now be widely appreciated."-- Back cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Chantuto Indians -- Antiquities
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Mexico -- Chiapas
Kitchen-middens -- Mexico -- Chiapas
Excavations (Archaeology)
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
Chiapas (Mexico) -- Antiquities
Mexico -- Chiapas.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 195044600X (electronic bk.)
9781950446001 (electronic bk.)