We present the chemical characteristics of samples collected from the central courtyard of Teopancazco, a neighbourhood centre in Teotihuacan (Mexico), the most important classic Mesoamerican city. Therhyolitic glass shards used as aggregates have a composition comparable to the glass material sourced from the magmatic system of Altotonga (located along the route to the Gulf Coast). People travelling from the Gulf Coast may have transported the glass shards to Teotihuacan during the Xolalpan phase (350-550 AD). However, the reasons for using glass shards as a construction material remain unknown. These new data confirm the close relationship between inhabitants of Teopancazco and the Gulf Coast already revealed by previous archaeological and archaeometric studies. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Provenance of glass shards in archaeological lime plasters by LA-ICP-MS: Implications for the ancient routes from the Gulf of Mexico to Teotihuacan in Central Mexico

Barca, D.
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Miriello, D.;PECCI, Alessandra;Crisci, G. M.
2013

Abstract

We present the chemical characteristics of samples collected from the central courtyard of Teopancazco, a neighbourhood centre in Teotihuacan (Mexico), the most important classic Mesoamerican city. Therhyolitic glass shards used as aggregates have a composition comparable to the glass material sourced from the magmatic system of Altotonga (located along the route to the Gulf Coast). People travelling from the Gulf Coast may have transported the glass shards to Teotihuacan during the Xolalpan phase (350-550 AD). However, the reasons for using glass shards as a construction material remain unknown. These new data confirm the close relationship between inhabitants of Teopancazco and the Gulf Coast already revealed by previous archaeological and archaeometric studies. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Glass shards; LA-ICP-MS; Mesoamerica; Obsidian; Plasters; Provenance; Teopancazco; Teotihuacan; Archeology (arts and humanities); History; Archeology
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