40 Publications


Stephen Rostain, Amazonie, l’archéologie au féminin

couverture de Amazonie archeologie au femininBelin

Amazonie, l’archéologie au féminin de Stephen Rostain est bien plus qu’une historiographie de l’archéologie amazonienne au sein de laquelle les femmes ont eu un rôle prépondérant, bien que souvent ignoré. C’est un livre passionnant, foisonnant d’histoires grandes et petites, qui...

Laurence Manolakakis
Jul 2021

Figurines and the materiality of ancient Maya humor

Identifying humor in the archaeological record is enormously difficult, if not impossible, since laughter, irony, and fun are highly dependent on contextual circumstances. Nonetheless, it is important to recognize that humor was a part of the past as much as...

Christina T. Halperin
Jun 2021

Cadenas operatorias en la producción de objetos emplumados mexicas

In this work, the operational sequences in the production of luxury feather objects are presented in the context of the empire of Moctezuma II. The reflections focus on the corpus of six pieces of Mexica culture that are preserved in museums...

María Olvido Moreno Guzmán, Laura Filloy Nadal
May 2021

James T. Watson and Gordon F. M. Rakita (eds.), Ancient Southwestern Mortuary Practices

University Press of Colorado

Ancient Southwestern Mortuary Practices is best described as a synthesis, a collaborative undertaking derived from massive data collection and analysis projects driven by several researchers since 2011. As such, it follows in the footsteps of many previous works, most notably...

Hemmamuthé Goudiaby
May 2021

Prólogo sección especial “Ritual y poder en Teotihuacan”

Sitio único y a la vez emblemático del Clásico mesoamericano, Teotihuacan fue, desde muy temprano, considerada como una ciudad donde los vínculos entre el poder político y religioso fueron estrechos. Si bien, la idea según la cual Teotihuacan fue una...

Grégory Pereira
Apr 2021

Travis W. Stanton and M. Kathryn Brown (eds.), A Forest of History. The Maya after the Emergence of Divine Kingship

A Forest of History is presented as a reflection on archeology 30 years after the publication of A Forest of Kings. The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya (Schele and Freidel, 1990, Quill, New York), but also as a tribute to this book...

Chloé Andrieu
Apr 2021

Ejemplos de pasión y tenacidad: las mujeres viajeras, exploradoras y arqueólogas en Yucatán durante los siglos XIX y XX

This article was written with the intention of giving a brief recognition to all those women who with their courage, passion, talent and interest in the past helped to forge the current Maya archaeology. Participating as assistants or companions in...

Héctor Hernández Álvarez, Rafael Cobos
Dec 2020

La Tumba II de Tingambato: una morada para una joven mujer de élite en el Epiclásico mesoamericano

Recent research carried out on the Epiclassic site of Tingambato (Michoacan) has shown that it participated in long-distance exchange networks to acquire prestigious goods and contribute to the circulation of ideas and knowledge. This insertion is particularly well reflected in...

José Luis Punzo Díaz, Alejandro Valdes Herrera
Dec 2020

Brigitte Faugère, Christopher S. Beekman (eds), Anthropomorphic Imagery in the Mesoamerican Highlands. Gods, Ancestors and Human Beings

Couverture de "Anthropomorphic imagery…"University Press of Colorado

“In ixtli in yoyotl” Difrasismo nahuatl. “De pies a cabeza; del rostro y el torso a los genitales; presentado en fragmento o en su totalidad estilizada por el artificio de las manos, el cuerpo se ofrece a la mirada con...

Anabel Villalonga Gordaliza
Oct 2020

How to make cassava bread: the introduction of metal graters in the Guianas during the 17th century

Recent archaeological research on Cayenne Island (French Guiana) showed that maize was a very important crop during the late pre-Columbian period (AD 900-1500), at least among the coastal population of this part of the Guianas. In contrast, the post-Columbian or Modern...

Martijn van den Bel
Sep 2020

Christopher S. Beekman (ed.), Migrations in Late Mesoamerica

Couverture de "Migrations in Late Mesoamerica"University Press of Florida

La obra Migrations in Late Mesoamerica editada por Christopher S. Beekman constituye un aporte fundamental que se suma a una serie de trabajos que, en las últimas décadas, han intentado reivindicar las migraciones como tema de estudio en arqueología. Hablar de...

Alejandra Castañeda Gómez del Campo
Sep 2020

Commensality, irrigation and agrarian entanglements in Early Horizon Nepeña, Coastal Peru

This article considers the extensification of cultivated fields and irrigation networks, and the concomitant intensification of farming practices in the lower Nepeña Valley during the Early Horizon (800-200 BC). This period marked shifts in local procurement strategies, production intensities and food...

David Chicoine, Caitlyn McNabb, Beverly Clement
Jul 2020

Élodie Dupey García y María Luisa Vázquez de Ágredos Pascual (eds), Painting the Skin. Pigments on Bodies and Codices in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica

Desde nuestros horizontes occidentales, hace casi 200 años que la ilusión del blanco inmaculado del arte greco-romano se desvaneció y que la candidez renacentista asociando a las ruinas arqueológicas, el color de la tierra, se desagregó: a partir de 1830, la policromía...

Juliette Testard
May 2020

Alexander Rani T. (ed.), Technology and Tradition in Mesoamerica after the Spanish Invasion, Archaeological Perspectives

Couverture de "Technology and Tradition…"University of New Mexico Press

Esta obra colectiva, editada por Rani T. Alexander, da continuidad a dos libros publicados con anterioridad en colaboración con S. Kepecs (Kepecs y Alexander 2005; Alexander y Kepecs 2018) que versan sobre los cambios tecnológicos observados en Mesoamérica durante la transición entre los periodos...

Elsa Jadot
Mar 2020

Secuencias performativas y destrucción ritual de esculturas en Mesoamérica. Algunas hipótesis desde Cacaxtla, Xochicalco y Cholula (México) durante el Epiclásico (600 a 900 d. C.)

The Mesoamerican Epiclassic (600 to 900 AD) is a period of important political, social and religious changes in the Central Highlands. The present work aims to present some hypothesis about possible performative sequences embodied in several deposits of the sites of Cacaxtla...

Juliette Testard
Dec 2019

Writing and ritual: the transformation to Mixteca-Puebla ceramics of Cholula

Codex-style ceramics are considered to be manifestations of the so-called Mixteca-Puebla style, a graphic system that developed in central Mexico in the last centuries before the Spanish Invasion. These ceramics were particularly frequent in Cholula, an important holy city and...

Araceli Rojas Martínez Gracida, Gilda Hernández Sánchez
Aug 2019

Xcalumkín: inscripciones e iconografía del Puuc temprano

The Classic Maya site of Xcalumkin is located in the western Puuc region of the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico). Its occupation extends from AD 650 to 950. During the Early Puuc, buildings—constructed in two different groups—were decorated with bas-relief sculptures accompanied by hieroglyphic...

Pierre Becquelin
Jul 2019

From warless to warlike times in the Central Andes: the origins of institutional war between Moche and Casma Valleys, northern coast of Peru

The issue of the origins and modalities of war in prehistoric societies is an old and controversial debate. In this article, we focus on the beginning of institutionalized war on the northern coast of Peru at the Pre-Hispanic period using...

Vincent Chamussy, Nicolas Goepfert
Mar 2019

Análisis de áreas de actividad a partir de residuos químicos en pisos del sitio Loma de Piritícuaro en el río Balsas Medio, Michoacán, México

Despite its large quantities of archaeological remains, the Middle Balsas region has been the subject of few archaeological excavations. In 2015, a preventive archaeology project was developed in this region, as part of the construction of a dam close to...

Erika Ibarra Ávila, Meztli Hernández Grajales, José Luis Punzo Díaz, Agustín Ortiz Butrón, Diego Rangel Estrada, Jorge Blancas Vázquez, Luis Barba Pingarrón
Dec 2018

Intensificación productiva e ideología en las marismas de Escuinapa, Sinaloa. Patrón de asentamiento prehispánico y fuentes etnohistóricas

The salt marsh area of Escuinapa, Sinaloa, is part of the so-called Marismas Nacionales, an extensive network of coastal lagoons, marshes, swamps and mangroves in southern Sinaloa and northern Nayarit (Mexico). Thanks to the results of three field seasons of...

Luis Alfonso Grave Tirado
Nov 2018

Legua a legua. Análisis de la visita de Antonio de Caravajal a Michoacán (1523-1524) desde los Sistemas de Información Geográfica

In this paper, we examine the Antonio de Caravajal’s visit to Michoacán in 1523-1524 through the analytical tools of a Geographic Information System. In particular, we estimate the distances travelled by Caravajal by considering the friction offered by different types of...

Armando Anaya Hernández, Claudia Espejel Carbajal
Sep 2018

Bone tools and ornaments in the Classic period Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico

In prehispanic Mesoamerica, bone was a broadly recovered raw material for the fabrication of implements and ornaments, used in both ritual and domestic production activities. To date, researchers have employed broad, general descriptions for these tools such as awls, needles,...

Gary M. Feinman, Linda M. Nicholas, Heather A. Lapham
Sep 2018

Plaza settings and public interactions during the Formative Period in Nepeña, North-Central Coast of Peru

In this article, we evaluate the relationships between plaza settings, ritual performances, and modes of sociopolitical integration in coastal Ancash during the Formative Period (local Cerro Blanco, Nepeña, and Samanco phases, 1100-150 cal. BC). We chronicle shifts in the forms, dimensions, arrangements,...

 Matthew Helmer, David Chicoine, Hugo Ikehara, Koichiro Shibata
Aug 2018

Claude Stresser-Péan (coord.), Vista Hermosa. Nobles, artesanos y mercaderes en los confines del mundo huasteco…

Couverture de "Vista Hermosa", vol. 1Secretaría de Cultura/Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia/Museo Nacional de Antropología/Fundación Stresser-Péan/Centro de estudios Mexicanos y Centroamericanos

Este libro es el primer volumen de una serie de tres dedicados al sitio arqueológico de Vista Hermosa en la Huasteca tamaulipeca. En esta monografía se publican los estudios y resultados tanto de las excavaciones realizadas entre 1965 y 1967 por el...

Nathalie Ragot
Jun 2018

The Regalia of Sacred War: costume and militarism at Teotihuacan

Throughout Mesoamerica costume and clothing formed an important part of marking identity. At the Classic Period site of Teotihuacan, Mexico, this was further reinforced through artistic representations that submerge the body beneath elaborate costume elements marking an individual’s identity whether...

Claudia García-Des Lauriers
Sep 2017

Beyond rain and storm: Tlaloc and his relationship with warfare, earth and territory in Teotihuacan

This article offers a series of reflections on the iconographic relations between the Tlaloc of Teotihuacan and the politico-military sphere of the city. In particular, it considers the explanations for the presence of Tlaloc iconography alongside the warriors and representatives...

Aurélie Couvreur
Sep 2017

Auto-sacrifice at Teotihuacan

Bloodletting, together with a variable amount of pain, was probably common practice in most of Mesoamerica, well before the beginnings of Teotihuacan. A mural painting from Tlacuilapaxco shows priests presenting or offering maguey spines planted into a thick layer of...

Claude-François Baudez †
Sep 2017

Alexandra Morgan, The Pottery Figurines of the Pre-Columbian Peru, vol. II. The Figurines of the Central Coast

Couverture de "Pottery Figurines", vol. 2Archaeopress

Hoy día salió el tercer volumen –más exactamente el segundo, por motivos geográficos–, de la trilogía sobre los figurines de cerámica del Perú[1]Traducción de Catherine Lara.. El vol. I, publicado en el 2009, trataba de la Costa norte, y el vol. III, publicado...

Vincent Chamussy
Sep 2017

Economía y ritual en Teotihuacan y su órbita

During Teotihuacan’s apogee, the city served as a hub for the grandest rituals and most robust economic system in Mesoamerica. Tens of thousands of individuals gathered regularly for religious spectacles designed to sustain the cosmos and time itself. They also...

David M. Carballo
Sep 2017


El tema del altepetl en la historia y la arqueología de México no es de ninguna manera nuevo –probablemente ni siquiera Charles Gibson en los años 1960 haya sido el primero en abordarlo. Dos generaciones de investigadores han vertido muchos análisis...

M. Charlotte Arnauld
Sep 2017

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