Archaeology; archaeological survey; oaxaca; mexico; manialtepec; tututepec; mixtecs; mixtec; mixteca puebla polychrome; gralisa; interregional; interaction; trade networks; networks; interaction networks; world systems theory; peer polity; social network analysis; ballcourts; stela; stelae; carved stone; carved stone monuments; bajos de chila; lagoon; laguna; coastal archaeology; coast of oaxaca; central coast; pacific coast; exchange; exchange networks
As the focus of over 70 years* of archaeological research, Oaxaca, Mexico, is one of Mesoamerica*s best understood regions. Yet, despite the volume of work in Oaxaca, information about one of its key resource areas, the central Pacific coast, remains limited. Specifically, the ambiguous role of Oaxaca*s Central Coast in interregional relationships during pre-Hispanic times to the sites of Monte Alban and Tututepec has been a chronic problem and major source of debate for decades. The purpose of this thesis is to begin clarifying the role of Oaxaca*s Central Coast in interregional networks and its pre-Hispanic history. Analysis utilized surface observations, surface collections, and information from limited excavations performed by the Proyecto Arqueologico Laguna de Manialtepec (PALM) in the Manialtepec Basin, located on the Central Coast of Oaxaca. The data was then mapped using ArcGIS software to render settlement and artifact patterns. Based on the results of this project I suggest a history of settlement for this area. I also argue that the Basin contained three centers, maintained interregional interactions, and was invaded by the Mixtecs of highland Oaxaca during the Late Postclassic Period (A.D. 1200-1500).
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Menchaca, Victoria, "Settlement History and Interaction in the Manialtepec Basin of Oaxaca's Central Coast" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1235.