Title

Comparisons of Ceramic paste attributes between Matacanela, Veracruz and other contemporaneous regions

Presenter Information

Kevin W. WannFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Junior

Major

Archaeology

Minor

Spanish, Biology

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Marcie Venter, PhD

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

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 consider other potential sources of divergence between sites.

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Comparisons of Ceramic paste attributes between Matacanela, Veracruz and other contemporaneous regions

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 consider other potential sources of divergence between sites.