6119 - The Organization of Metallurgical Production at Mayapan, Yucatan, Mexico

As the largest urban center in Postclassic period NorthernYucatan, the city of Mayapan took advantage of its central economic position and extensive long-distance trade network to import metallurgical technologies and the raw materials with which to practice them. The distribution of recently identified ceramic artifacts likely associated with metallurgical production suggests that production activities were closely associated with several sectors of the urban center. These sectors include the monumental center and the southeastern quadrant of the city. The strong association of these ceramic artifacts with domestic structures and patios suggests that particular elite households may have organized and sponsored the production of metal objects. However, other artifacts are associated with administrative, religious, and residential structures in the heart of the monumental center, as well as an elite crafts barrio to the west of the monumental center. This suggests that metallurgical production may have been practiced by multiple individuals or groups of producers at multiple locations. Furthermore, the types of artifacts found in each location suggests that these producers may have practiced their crafts independently of one another, as opposed to multiple stages of a single production process.

Palavras-chaves: Mayapan, metallurgy, economy, craft production

Autores: Paris, Elizabeth H. (University at Albany, SUNY, Ud States of Am / USA)
Co-Autores: Cruz Alvarado, Wilbert (Other / Andere)


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