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156 pages

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Published Sep 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784916251

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archaeometallurgy; ancient copper smelting; Tarascan metallurgy; Mesoamerican archaeology; production processes; chaîne opératoire of copper

Archaeopress Pre-Columbian Archaeology 10

Tarascan Copper Metallurgy: A Multiapproach Perspective

By Blanca Estela Maldonado

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A study which provides valuable insights into the nature of metal production and the development of technology and political economy in ancient Mesoamerica, offering a contribution to general anthropological theories of the emergence of social complexity.



Preface; Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 Approaches to the study of technology and craft production; Chapter 3 Synopsis of preindustrial metallurgy as applied to Mesoamerica; Chapter 4 Tarascan copper smelting at the zone of Itziparátzico: a case study; Chapter 5 Models of technological organization; Chapter 6 Conclusions, remarks and suggestions for future research; Bibliography; Appendix A IARP 2003-4: survey data; Appendix B IARP 2003-4: Test pitting data; Appendix C Slag analyses; Appendix D The rise of the theory of technology

About the Author

BLANCA MALDONADO is an archaeologist specialised in ancient metallurgy and production processes. Specific areas of interest include pre-Columbian copper metallurgy in the New World, preindustrial non-ferrous metallurgy, and the cultural dynamics of technological practices. Her research has focused mainly on Mesoamerica and the South Central Andes. Prof. Maldonado holds a PhD in Anthropology from The Pennsylvania State University, with specialization in Archaeology. Her doctoral studies included training in archaeological science and archaeometallurgy at the University of Oxford and at University College London. She has received several research grants and awards, including a DAAD Research Grant (for an Academic Stay at the University of Bonn, Germany) and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, also in Germany (Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archäometrie Mannheim). She is currently Professor and Researcher in the Centre for Archaeological Studies at El Colegio de Michoacán, A.C, in Mexico.