This past week, we began the analysis of the archaeological materials collected during the survey. Firstly, we divided the materials according to six different categories:
Ceramics, that will be analyzed by Natalia; ground stones, in charge of Rodolfo Parra; flaked stone and figurines, which will be classified by Jonathan; special artifacts, analyzed by Natalia and Jonathan and finally miscellaneous, analyzed by Natalia, Rodolfo and Jonathan.
The ceramic analysis consists in the typological identification based on the characteristics (paste, shape, decoration) contained in the fragments recovered. Eventually, we will compare the results with artifacts from surrounding areas in order to be able to establish a chronology.
The analysis of lithics (flaked and ground stones) will be undertaken using the operational sequence methodology. Basically, this kind of analysis takes into account the whole process involved in producing stone artifacts (raw material procurement, manufacturing technology, use, and discard).
Within the special artifacts category we include artifacts that were not identified in the preliminary classification done during fieldwork, such as figurines, axes, and whistle figurine fragments. We also take into account others that Mesoamerican archaeologists might have been able to recognize its use during pre-Hispanic times. The aim of this category lies in the correct registration of the artifacts recovered on field, so we avoid names that could condition the function of an artifact.
The figurine analysis will consist of the description of morphological characteristics. This will allow us to accomplish a typological identification and therefore their chronological place.
Among the events that took place last week, we received a visit from Mitsuru Kurosaki Maekawa, a yokes specialist. He began the analysis of three yoke fragments from El Carrizal and La Balsa. He’ll come back at the end of this month to continue observations. We are confident he’ll provide very intriguing results about this fascinating topic!
In the meantime, we’re celebrating on September 16 the 199th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico!!!