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

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Title: Investigation of an obsidian midden at Cihuatecpan, Mexico

Published in: 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: 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: by Elliot M. Abrams

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Central Mexico Postclassic (NU93)

Subjects: 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: 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: 5

Document ID: nu93-005

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Field Date: 1984

Evaluation: Archaeologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle; 2008

Coverage Date: 1300-430 BP (700-1570 AD)

Coverage Place: Cihuatecpan, Mexico

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

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