An Archaic Mexican Shellmound and Its Entombed Floors by Barbara Voorhies

By Barbara Voorhies

Tlacuachero is the location of an Archaic-period shellmound situated within the wetlands of the outer coast of southwest Mexico. This ebook provides investigations of a number of flooring which are in the site's shell deposits that shaped over a 600-800 yr period through the Archaic interval (ca. 8000-2000 BCE), an important timespan in Mesoamerican prehistory whilst humans have been transitioning from fullblown dependency on wild assets to using domesticated vegetation. The flooring at the moment are deeply buried in an restricted zone lower than the summit of the shellmound. The authors discover what actions have been conducted on their surfaces, discussing the flooring’ styles of cultural positive aspects, sediment colour, density and kinds of embedded microrefuse and phytoliths, in addition to chemical signatures of natural is still.

The stories performed at Tlacuachero are particularly major in gentle of the truth that data-rich lowland websites from the Archaic interval are terribly infrequent; the wealth of data gleaned from the flooring of the Tlacuachero shellmound can now be broadly appreciated.

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