POLITICAL STRATEGIES and the URBAN SPACES THAT REFLECT THEM in FORMATIVE-PERIOD CERRO JAZMÍN, OAXACA

Verónica Pérez Rodríguez, Antonio Martínez Tuñón

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Based on stratigraphic excavation data and associated radiocarbon dates we argue that the pre-Hispanic city of Cerro Jazmín, in the Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca, underwent a period of political change between the Late Formative (300 b.c.-a.d. 50) and the Terminal Formative periods (a.d. 50-300). This shift is reflected in the city's layout and in the timing of construction and use of two different monumental sectors. During the city's Late Formative occupation, we found evidence of more exclusionary feasting activity taking place in a secluded monumental sector called the Sunken Courtyards near the hilltop. In the Terminal Formative, however, monumental construction expanded in the more accessible Tres Cerritos sector where larger and accessible public areas were the focus of activity. We argue that changes in the city's layout, along with the differing patterns of feasting, suggest that the city's leaders went from a more exclusionary form of government to a more collective political strategy during the Terminal Formative period. Despite of these efforts monumental construction largely stopped and the city's population declined by the start of the Classic period (a.d. 300).

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAncient Mesoamerica
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

Fingerprint

layout
political strategy
political change
occupation
Classic period
leader
evidence
Feasting
Oaxaca
Formative Period
Urban Space
Layout
city
excavation
Classical Age
Excavation
Radiocarbon Dates
Political Change
Prehispanic
Courtyard

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

Cite this

POLITICAL STRATEGIES and the URBAN SPACES THAT REFLECT THEM in FORMATIVE-PERIOD CERRO JAZMÍN, OAXACA. / Pérez Rodríguez, Verónica; Martínez Tuñón, Antonio.

In: Ancient Mesoamerica, 01.01.2019.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{bd7ff4c95b924b5081267d972c68029b,
title = "POLITICAL STRATEGIES and the URBAN SPACES THAT REFLECT THEM in FORMATIVE-PERIOD CERRO JAZM{\'I}N, OAXACA",
abstract = "Based on stratigraphic excavation data and associated radiocarbon dates we argue that the pre-Hispanic city of Cerro Jazm{\'i}n, in the Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca, underwent a period of political change between the Late Formative (300 b.c.-a.d. 50) and the Terminal Formative periods (a.d. 50-300). This shift is reflected in the city's layout and in the timing of construction and use of two different monumental sectors. During the city's Late Formative occupation, we found evidence of more exclusionary feasting activity taking place in a secluded monumental sector called the Sunken Courtyards near the hilltop. In the Terminal Formative, however, monumental construction expanded in the more accessible Tres Cerritos sector where larger and accessible public areas were the focus of activity. We argue that changes in the city's layout, along with the differing patterns of feasting, suggest that the city's leaders went from a more exclusionary form of government to a more collective political strategy during the Terminal Formative period. Despite of these efforts monumental construction largely stopped and the city's population declined by the start of the Classic period (a.d. 300).",
author = "{P{\'e}rez Rodr{\'i}guez}, Ver{\'o}nica and {Mart{\'i}nez Tu{\~n}{\'o}n}, Antonio",
year = "2019",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1017/S0956536119000142",
language = "English (US)",
journal = "Ancient Mesoamerica",
issn = "0956-5361",
publisher = "Cambridge University Press",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - POLITICAL STRATEGIES and the URBAN SPACES THAT REFLECT THEM in FORMATIVE-PERIOD CERRO JAZMÍN, OAXACA

AU - Pérez Rodríguez, Verónica

AU - Martínez Tuñón, Antonio

PY - 2019/1/1

Y1 - 2019/1/1

N2 - Based on stratigraphic excavation data and associated radiocarbon dates we argue that the pre-Hispanic city of Cerro Jazmín, in the Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca, underwent a period of political change between the Late Formative (300 b.c.-a.d. 50) and the Terminal Formative periods (a.d. 50-300). This shift is reflected in the city's layout and in the timing of construction and use of two different monumental sectors. During the city's Late Formative occupation, we found evidence of more exclusionary feasting activity taking place in a secluded monumental sector called the Sunken Courtyards near the hilltop. In the Terminal Formative, however, monumental construction expanded in the more accessible Tres Cerritos sector where larger and accessible public areas were the focus of activity. We argue that changes in the city's layout, along with the differing patterns of feasting, suggest that the city's leaders went from a more exclusionary form of government to a more collective political strategy during the Terminal Formative period. Despite of these efforts monumental construction largely stopped and the city's population declined by the start of the Classic period (a.d. 300).

AB - Based on stratigraphic excavation data and associated radiocarbon dates we argue that the pre-Hispanic city of Cerro Jazmín, in the Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca, underwent a period of political change between the Late Formative (300 b.c.-a.d. 50) and the Terminal Formative periods (a.d. 50-300). This shift is reflected in the city's layout and in the timing of construction and use of two different monumental sectors. During the city's Late Formative occupation, we found evidence of more exclusionary feasting activity taking place in a secluded monumental sector called the Sunken Courtyards near the hilltop. In the Terminal Formative, however, monumental construction expanded in the more accessible Tres Cerritos sector where larger and accessible public areas were the focus of activity. We argue that changes in the city's layout, along with the differing patterns of feasting, suggest that the city's leaders went from a more exclusionary form of government to a more collective political strategy during the Terminal Formative period. Despite of these efforts monumental construction largely stopped and the city's population declined by the start of the Classic period (a.d. 300).

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85072653302&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85072653302&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1017/S0956536119000142

DO - 10.1017/S0956536119000142

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85072653302

JO - Ancient Mesoamerica

JF - Ancient Mesoamerica

SN - 0956-5361

ER -