The movements of the Teuchitlán people: A testimony of regional interaction in Western Mexico

Posted on February 23, 2013

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First presentation from CAAUK:

From the CAAUK 2013 Conference- http://www.lparchaeology.com/caauk/

Armando Trujillo, Université de Paris

The Teuchitlán people are one of the oldest known cultures in western Mexico and their beginnings date back to the Preclassic period (400 B.C.E. to 200 C.E.). This civilisation was regional in size, and its societal structure allowed for the implementation of spatial analysis with the use of Geographical Information Systems. The aim of this paper is to give a panoramic regional view of movements, and the possible network of paths that stretched across the landscape of the Tequila Valley, in the region of Jalisco, Mexico. To this end, GIS systems were used. Our work centred upon the search for LCPs (least-cost paths) with the help of satellite imaging and digital elevation models. This study demonstrates that the Teuchitlán people interacted with their environment through the means of a network of paths.

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