A World of Obsidian: The Mining and Trade of a Volcanic Glass in Ancient Mexico

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Center for Comparative Arch, Jan 1, 2002 - 298 pages
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A broad study of the sources of obsidian in ancient Mexico that focuses especially on the extraction and preparation of obsidian at the source locations. Fundamental for any investigation of the key economic role played by obsidian mining and trade in the development of Mesoamerican civilization. Detailed maps and descriptions of the major source locations are included. Complete text in English and Spanish.
 

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Contents

List of figures
19
Lista de figuras
20
Introduction
23
Introducción
24
The Central Mexican Obsidian Sources
39
Los yacimientos de obsidiana del centro de México
106
Obsidian Sources on or Near the Slopes of Pico de Orizaba Volcano
131
Yacimientos de obsidiana asociados al volcán Pico de Orizaba
132
Descriptive statistics for Pico de Orizaba Veracruz
259
Descriptive statistics for Guadalupe Victoria Puebla
260
Descriptive statistics for Derrumbadas Puebla
261
Descriptive statistics for Paredon Puebla
262
Descriptive statistics for Otumba State of Mexico
263
Descriptive statistics for Malpais Hidalgo
264
Descriptive statistics of Tulancingo Hidalgo
265
Descriptive statistics for Tepalzingo Hidalgo
266

Yacimientos de obsidiana en o cerca de las faldas del volcán Pico de Orizaba
133
Appendix 1
135
West Mexican Obsidian Sources
183
Yacimientos de obsidiana del occidente de México
184
Conclusiones
198
Characterization of the Obsidian Sources in Northern Mesoamerica
205
Caracterización de los yacimientos de obsidiana en el norte de Mesoamérica
206
Eigenvalues and Percentage Variance Explained by Principal Components
223
Appendix 2
233
A Summary of Elemental Concentration Data for the Obsidian Source Groups in Mexico
239
Descriptive statistics for Altotonga Veracruz
257
Descriptive statistics for Zaragoza Puebla
258
Descriptive statistics for Zacualtipan Hidalgo
267
Descriptive statistics for Sierra de Pachuca1 Hidalgo
268
Descriptive statistics for Sierra de Pachuca2 Hidalgo
269
Descriptive statistics for Sierra de Pachuca3 Hidalgo
270
Descriptive statistics for Ucareo Michoacan
271
Descriptive statistics for Cruz Negra Michoacan
272
Descriptive statistics for Zinapecuaro Michoacan
273
Descriptive statistics for El Paraíso Queretaro
274
Descriptive statistics for Penjamo1 Guanajuato
275
Descriptive statistics for Penjamo2 Guanajuato
276
Bibliography
277
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Professor - Investigator at Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History

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