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Teotihuacan (La Ventilla): Field Method

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_1523-2

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Teotihuacan was a great metropolis during the Classic Mesoamerican period, and its importance and influence marked the political, ideological, and economic development of a great part of the Central Mexican Plateau. The study of the city’s architecture and town planning, as well as its internal and external social relationships, is key to understanding the cultural development of this culture. Fieldwork began with detailed mapping of the upstanding monuments, and a high-precision survey of pottery discarded on the surface (Millon 1973). This work aimed to discover as much as possible about the town without damaging the monuments or disturbing the strata by excavation. The pottery distribution proved very informative: the quantities recorded were displayed in the form of contour maps that showed the primary areas of discard (all pottery) and the areas of high-status residence (the distribution of the fine ware: regular thin orange) (Cowgill et al. 1984).

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  1. Cowgill, G.L., J.H. Altschul, and R.S. Sload. 1984. Spatial analysis at Teotihuacan. In Intrasite spatial analysis in archaeology, ed. H.-J. Hietala, 154–195. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Millon, R. 1973. The Teotihuacán map, part 1: Text. volume 1: Urbanization at Teotihuacán, México. Austin: University of Texas Press.Google Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zona Arqueológica de TeotihuacanInstituto Nacional de Antropología e HistoriaTeotihuacanMexico
  2. 2.Departamento de Antropología Social, Historia de América y ÁfricaUniversidad de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sandra Montón-Subías
    • 1
  • Bisserka Gaydarska
    • 2
  1. 1.Departament d’HumanitatsICREA/Universitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Department of ArchaeologyDurham UniversityDurhamUK