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Arqueología de México, No. 6
University of Pittsburgh Latin American Archaeology Publications and Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (México, D.F.)
2005. 389 pp. ISBN: 1-877812-81-1

Production and Power at Postclassic Xaltocan

La producción local y el poder en el Xaltocan Posclásico

edited by / editado por Elizabeth M. Brumfiel

What was the economic impact of the Aztec Empire upon communities that it conquered? Excavations at Xaltocan, in the northern Basin of Mexico, reveal considerable change. During the Early and Middle Postclassic, when Xaltocan was an autonomous capital, it sustained a diverse local economy and engaged in extensive regional exchange. Later, under Aztec rule, the standard of living fell, and exchange was more heavily focused on the Aztec capital, but the people of Xaltocan resisted narrow specialization. Individual chapters in this book examine the geography, chronology, and demography of Xaltocan, as well as changing patterns of tribute, agriculture, animal use, obsidian tool production and use and ceramic exchange at this important Postclassic site. Complete text in English and Spanish.

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