An Examination of Middle Formative through Early Classic Ceramic Attributes from Stratified Contexts at Matacanela, Veracruz

Project Abstract

This study compares Middle Formative through Early Classic period ceramic attributes, including temper size, type, and abundance, from stratified deposits at Matacanela Site in Veracruz, Mexico to other contemporaneous sites located in the Tuxtla Mountains and riverine bottomlands in the southern Gulf Lowlands. Specifically, the study compares data from excavated deposits at Teotepec, located within the western Tuxtlas uplands, and San Lorenzo within the Coatzacoalcos Basin. On the basis of obsidian source distributions, it has been hypothesized that Matacanela was located along a boundary between these two geographically different areas. This paper attempts to discern if Matacanela’s location along a geographical boundary is reflected also in the technological choices that potters were making—whether geographical and other exchange networks were also reflected in ceramics. Lastly, we hypothesize other potential sources of divergence between sites.


Society for American Archaeology 84th Annual Meeting

April 10-14, 2019

Society for American Archaeology

Funding Type

Travel Grant

Academic College

Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology


Archaeology Major, Spanish and Biology Minors


Bachelor of Science




Marcie Venter, PhD

Academic College

Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology

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