Production in Aztec Provincial Hinterlands
Farrell, Ian Lars
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The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc. Dissertation Fieldwork Grant Application was prepared by students to fulfill the requirements of their Anthropology Senior Capstone.This study examines the question of the existence of blade manufacturing workshops at the Aztec-period polity of Coatlan del Rio in Western Morelos, Mexico. Much work has been done on blade production in urban contexts across Mesoamerica, but provincial contexts from the Aztec period have largely been neglected. In ancient economies, urban centers were not self sufficient and did not exist in a vacuum. Understanding provincial contexts, what would be the periphery in World Systems Theory, is crucial to have a complete understanding of ancient economics. The excavation will document subsurface deposits that are associated with a surface collection concentration which reflects blade production.Although previous surface collections may provide an indicator for blade production, it is in no way definitive evidence. Therefore, subsurface survey is required to fully understand the site's archaeological record. The information gathered will contribute to a gap in archaeological knowledge in the Aztec provincial hinterlands, and will provide necessary information for understanding the size and scale of craft production in ancient Central Mexico. This study will be especially useful in understanding obsidian provisioning at small sites that are further away from market systems.