Copper Bell Trade Patterns in the Prehispanic U.S. Southwest and Northwest Mexico [No. 187]
AuthorVargas, Victoria D.
KeywordsIndians of North America -- Commerce -- Southwest, New.
Indians of Mexico -- Commerce.
Bells -- Southwest, New.
Bells -- Mexico.
Indians of Mexico -- Commerce.
Indians of North America -- Commerce.
Southwest, New -- Antiquities.
Mexico -- Antiquities.
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Other TitlesArizona State Museum Archaeological Series No. 187
CitationVargas, Victoria D. 1995 Copper Bell Trade Patterns in the Prehispanic U.S. Southwest and Northwest Mexico. Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series No. 187. Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson.
AbstractThe nature and extent of interaction between prehispanic Mesoamerica and the U.S. Southwest and Northwest Mexico has been debated by archaeologists for decades. This work investigates interaction between these areas based upon the stylistic, temporal, and geographic distribution of copper bells in the North American Southwest. Copper bells (also called crotals) have been identified in the past as probable mesoamerican trade items which may have been used as prestige goods. The copper bell inventory is used as the primary data set in the distributional analyses in Chapter 5 and builds upon past inventories by Pendergast (1962a) and Sprague and Signori (1963). Previously undocumented copper bells are added to these inventories. The updated inventory contains 622 bells from 93 sites from the U.S. Southwest and Northwest Mexico and is presented in Chapter 4. The possible origin(s) of these copper bells is also addressed in this study. The evidence presented by Di Peso et al. (1974) for copper production at Paquime, also known as Casas Grandes, in Northwest Chihuah~ Mexico is evaluated. West Mexico, known as a copper producing area, is also considered as a possible origin of bells found at sites in the U.S. Southwest and Northwest Mexico. (Excerpt from Introduction)
Series/Report no.Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series, 187
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