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International Archaeological Reports since 1974

Water Folk

Reconstructing an Ancient Aquatic Lifeway in Michoacán, Western Mexico

£33.00
Author:
Eduardo Williams
Publication Year:
2014
Language:
English
Paperback:
123pp. Illustrated throughout in black and white
ISBN 10:
1407312529
ISBN:
9781407312521
BAR number:
S2617
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BOOK DESCRIPTION
This study of subsistence activities (fishing, hunting, gathering, and manufacture) in the Cuitzeo and Pátzcuaro lake basins (Michoacán, Western Mexico) underscores the value of ethnoarchaeology as a tool for reconstructing the ancient aquatic lifeway inthe territory of the Protohistoric Tarascan state (ca. AD 1450-1530), which flourished in an environment dominated by lakes, rivers, swamps and marshes. Mesoamerica was the only civilization in the ancient world that lacked major domesticated sources of animal protein; therefore, abundant wild aquatic species (fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants, etc.) all played strategic roles in the diet and economy of most Mesoamerican cultures, including the Tarascans.