Formative Lifeways in Central Tlaxcala Vol. 1: Excavations, Ceramics, and Chronology


Series: Monumenta Archaeologica 33
ISBN: 978-1-931745-69-7
Publication Date: Jul 2014
Price: Hb $75.00, Ebook $60.00
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Richard Lesure

The transition to the Formative in the relatively high-altitude study region of Tlaxcala, Mexico is later than it was in choice regions for early agriculture elsewhere in Mesoamerica. From 900 BCE, however, population growth and sociopolitical development were rapid. A central claim in the research presented here is that a macroregional perspective is essential for understanding the local Formative sequence. Coffee-bean figurineIn this volume, the data from excavations at three village sites (Amomoloc, Tetel, and Las Mesitas) and one modest regional center (La Laguna) are examined. The ceramic typology is described in detail. An innovative approach to the classification of figurines is presented, and a Formative chronology for the region is proposed based on seriation of refuse contexts and radiocarbon dates. The work concludes with a macroregional framework to be used in the analysis of subsistence, social relations, and political economy in Volumes 2 and 3, now in preparation.


Table of Contents
  • Ch. 01: Formative Lifeways in Central Tlaxcala: An Introduction by Richard G. Lesure
  • Ch. 02: Amomoloc by Jennifer Carballo and Richard G. Lesure
  • Ch. 03: Tetel by Richard G. Lesure and David M. Carballo
  • Ch. 04: Las Mesitas by Jennifer Carballo and David M. Carballo
  • Ch. 05: La Laguna: Overview of Site by Aleksander Borejsza and David M. Carballo
  • Ch. 06: La Laguna: Site Mapping and Domestic Excavations in Areas D and H by David M. Carballo
  • Ch. 07: La Laguna: Formative Contexts Away from the Site Center by Aleksander Borejsza and Isabel Rodríquez López
  • Ch. 08: Contexts by Richard G. Lesure, Aleksander Borejsza, Jennifer Carballo, David M. Carballo, and Isabel Rodríguez López
  • Ch. 09: Pottery: Description and Typology by Richard G. Lesure, Isabel Rodríguez López, Aleksander Borejsza, Jennifer Carballo, and David M. Carballo
  • Ch. 10: Stylistic and Chronological Analyses of Figurines by Richard G. Lesure
  • Ch. 11: A Formative Chronoogy for Central Tlaxcala by Richard G. Lesure, Jennifer Carballo, David M. Carballo, Aleksander Borejsza, and Isabel Rodríguez López
  • Ch. 12: Macroregional Research Topics for Formative Central Tlaxcala by Richard G. Lesure
  • Ch. 13: Resumen en Español
  • Appendix A: Correlation Between Different Systems of Vessel Form Codes
  • Appendix B: List of Lots with Cross-References to Features and Refuse Samples