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Paper Title: EPICLASSIC AND EARLY POSTCLASSIC INTERACTION IN CENTRAL MEXICO AS EVIDENCED THROUGH DECORATED POTTERY
Author: DESTINY CRIDER   
Date/Time: Thu., 2:00 PM
Co-Author(s): DESTINY CRIDER 
Abstract: The collapse of the Teotihuacan state devastated existing social, political and economic networks and prompted regional reorganization. The temporal focus of this study includes the initial regional fragmentation and development of competing city-states in the Epiclassic (ca. A.D. 650-850), through the emergence and establishment of the Early Postclassic (ca. A.D. 850-1150) Tula and Cholula states. Using pottery data from adjacent areas extending from Tula, Hidalgo through the eastern and southern Basin of Mexico, I implement an approach consistent with the goals of Ceramic Ecology by collecting diachronic evidence for interaction, reflecting changing local and regional response strategies. I assess attribute data of style, decoration and technical fabrication, as well as materials analysis (INAA) to evaluate the following outcomes for each area: 1) local isolation from regional networks, 2) participation in particular pottery complexes, 3) evidence for direct exchange or local production of regional pottery types, and 4) degree of shared technological and stylistic traits as evidence of emulation or shared learning communities for production. This study provides a robust multi-scalar study of local and regional interactions in this key transitional period. Variable pathways towards regeneration are assessed and include individual community decisions to: maintain an inward focused policy of isolationist behavior, seek new socio-economic partners and/or promote certain relations to the exclusion of others, and the expansion and conquest by an ambitious faction or state. By investigating diachronic slices of time, the diversity of local responses across the region indicates a complex set of shifting interactions during regional reorganization.

Program Number: 2-0840
Session Title: CERAMIC ECOLOGY XXIV: CURRENT RESEARCH ON CERAMICS 2010
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Thu., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): CHARLES KOLB (National Endowment for the Humanities) 
Chair(s): CHARLES KOLB (National Endowment for the Humanities)  
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