Smith, Michael Ernest, 1953-. Postclassic developments at Xochicalco

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Title: Postclassic developments at Xochicalco

Published in: The Xochicalco mapping project, edited by Kenneth Hirth

Published By: The Xochicalco mapping project, edited by Kenneth Hirth Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2000. 167-183 p.: ill.

By line: Michael E. Smith

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

Culture: Central Mexico Postclassic (NU93)

Subjects: Ceramic technology (323); External migration (167); Production and supply (433); Woven and other interworked fabrics (286); Accumulation of wealth (556);

Abstract: Using data from his 1977 excavations and others work in central Mexico, Smith seriated the Postclassic ceramics to create a Postclassic chronology. 'Next [Smith] provides summary descriptions of the major Postclassic ceramic types at Xochicalco. To set the small Postclassic settlements at Xochicalco into a wider regional perspective, [Smith] then describes nearby Postclassic sites. After this background [Smith] examines processes of change in the Xochicalco area during Postclassic times, including the arrival of Nahuatl-speaking Tlahuica peoples and a series of regional economic transformations that followed.' (page 167). To examine the regional economy Smith compares local and imported ceramics, cotton spinning, and wealth levels (the frequency of local decorated ceramics plus two times the frequence of imported ceramics).

Document Number: 40

Document ID: nu93-040

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Field Date: 1977, 1978

Evaluation: Archaeologist-4, 5

Analyst: Sarah Berry; 2008

Coverage Date: 1100 BP-479 BP(900 AD-1521 AD)

Coverage Place: Xochicalco, Morelos, central Mexico

LCSH: Indians of Mexico--Mexico--Xochicalco--Antiquities/Indians of Mexico--Urban residence--Mexico--Xochicalco/City planning--Mexico--Xochicalco--History/Excavations (Archaeology)--Mexico--Xochicalco--Maps/Archaeological surveying--Mexico--Xochicalco--Maps/Xochicalco Site (Mexico)Xochicalco (Mexico)--Antiquities


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