Abrams, Elliot Marc, 1954-. Investigation of an obsidian midden at Cihuatecpan, Mexico

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Investigation of an obsidian midden at Cihuatecpan, Mexico

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Excavations at Cihuatecpan, an Aztec village in the Teotihuacan Valley, edited by Susan T. Evans ; with contributions by Elliot M. Abrams, Susan T. Evans, and Bruce Gregory McCoy

Published By: Original publisher Excavations at Cihuatecpan, an Aztec village in the Teotihuacan Valley, edited by Susan T. Evans ; with contributions by Elliot M. Abrams, Susan T. Evans, and Bruce Gregory McCoy Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt University. 1988. 235-238 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Elliot M. Abrams

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Central Mexico Postclassic (NU93)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Mineral resources (135); Lithic industries (324); Refuse disposal and sanitary facilities (364); Recording and collecting in the field (126); ; Post depositional processes in archaeological sites (138); Archaeological excavation methods (1210);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In the course of conducting the settlement survey and excavation of structures and features at the Aztec village of Cihuatecpan in 1984, two dense concentrations of obsidian debitage were encountered, and one of these, designated Operation 8, was investigated further, forming the basis of this article. The first part of this investigation involved the collection of artifacts - both obsidian and non-obsidian - from the surface of the site, followed by a test excavation of the feature itself. The quantity of obsidian, both in absolute weight and in density, clearly indicates that this feature was a midden deposit. The overwhelming presence of pressure and percussion flakes in the midden indicates that it served as the refuse area in the production of grey-black obsidian bifacial tools (p.237).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 5

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nu93-005

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: for bibliographical references see document 8:Evans

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1984

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Archaeologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle; 2008

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1300-430 BP (700-1570 AD)

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Cihuatecpan, Mexico

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Aztecs--Antiquities/Land settlement patterns, Prehistoric--Mexico/Cihuatecpan Site (Mexico) Mexico, Valley of (Mexico)--Antiquities


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