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By James Zeidler (auth.), Peter N. Peregrine, Melvin Ember (eds.)

The Encyclopedia of Prehistory represents temporal measurement. significant traditions are an try and offer easy details additionally outlined by means of a a bit of diverse set of on all archaeologically identified cultures, sociocultural features than are eth­ masking the complete globe and the complete nological cultures. significant traditions are prehistory of humankind. it really is designed as outlined according to universal subsistence a device to aid in doing comparative practices, sociopolitical association, and study at the peoples of the prior. so much fabric industries, yet language, ideology, of the entries are written via the world's and kinship ties play very little half in most effective specialists at the specific components their definition simply because they're nearly and time sessions. unrecoverable from archaeological con­ The Encyclopedia is prepared accord­ texts. by contrast, language, ideology, and ing to significant traditions. a big culture kinship ties are significant to defining ethno­ is outlined as a gaggle of populations sharing logical cultures. comparable subsistence practices, know-how, There are 3 sorts of entries within the and different types of sociopolitical association, Encyclopedia: the foremost culture access, that are spatially contiguous over a rela­ the local subtradition access, and the tively huge region and which suffer pace­ website access. every one includes types of rally for a comparatively lengthy interval. minimum info, and every is meant to be areal assurance for an incredible culture can utilized in a unique way.

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The central Mexican highlands consist primarily of volcanic rocks of various ages, mainly Tertiary and more recent. Thick layers of hardened volcanic ash, called tepetate, are widespread. P. Popocatepetl remains an active volcano that continues to threaten disastrous eruptions. Tepetate is hard enough to be usable as a building material and, where exposed by erosion, is not suitable for agriculture. Except in eroded areas, it is covered by fertile soil, often less than 50 cm deep, but there are some thick alluvial deposits.

Watercarried nodules of this obsidian also occur in and near stream beds in the city. Clay deposits adequate for making pottery occur in many locations in the basin. They do not differ sharply in composition, although at present three or four major subregions in the basin can be distinguished fairly well by laboratory analyses. It remains to be seen whether 13 14 Central Mexico Classic finer distinctions, such as among subareas Teotihuacan valley, can ever be made reliably. III the Settlements Settlement System.

A. Zeidler and D. M. Pearsall. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Memoirs in Latin American Archaeology, vol. 8, 111-130. , Caitlin E. Buck, and Clifford D. Litton (1998). " Latin American Antiquity 9, 2: 160-179. P. RELATIVE TIME PERIOD: Follows the Late Highland Mesoamerican Preclassic tradition and precedes the Central Mexico Postclassic tradition. First Intermediate 3 and 4 and Middle Horizon in the scheme of Sanders et al. (1979). This interval includes the latter part of the Late Preclassic and the Early Classic in Mesoamerica-wide time schemes, but it is appropriate because it covers the time span of the Teotihuacan cultural tradition.

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