Intensive ceramic production and classic-period political economy in the sierra de los tuxtlas, veracruz, mexico

Philip J. Arnold, Christopher A. Pool, Ronald R. Kneebone, Robert S. Santley

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Abstract

Matacapan, a Classic-period center in the Sierra de los Tuxtlas, Veracruz, Mexico, is known for its strong stylistic affinities with Teotihuacan. The Comoapan complex is a ceramic-production area situated along the southern edge of Matacapan. Data from Comoapan indicate that pottery manufacture was large scale and intensive, with final products distributed outside of Matacapan and possibly beyond the Tuxtlas. These data suggest that models of Tuxtlas political economy emphasizing long-term Teotihuacan administration should be reconsidered. More reasonable is a perspective that views the Tuxtlas as a source of high-quality prestige goods whose distribution is administered by local elite.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-191
Number of pages17
JournalAncient Mesoamerica
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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