By Gordon F. M. Rakita
Ancestors and Elites examines the connection among emergent social complexity and altering ritual practices on the prehispanic web site of PaquimZ, Chihuahua, Mexico.
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Regardless, the Medio period cultural pattern seems to have been in decline by around AD 1475. Di Peso proposed what he named the Tar- INTRODUCTION 41 dio period and suggested that Paquiméans reestablished themselves and their lifeways in the sierras to the west. However, there is little evidence to support this claim (see Phillips 2008 for more extensive discussion of the collapse of Casas Grandes). The Robles phase material on which Di Peso based his argument seems to date to within the Medio period proper.
Principally, it appears that at least Villa Ahumada Polychrome, Huerigos Polychrome, and perhaps Dublan Polychrome precede the development of Ramos Polychrome. Unfortunately, no data provide greater temporal resolution. Trade and Exotic Items Commerce seems to have been an important activity for the Medio period peoples of Paquimé. A number of commodities were exchanged between the Casas Grandes area and regions to the north and the south. Principal among these were ceramics, marine shell, copper objects, and turquoise.
4. It is possible, however, that the Viejo period component underlying Unit 6 at Paquimé could date to the Perros Bravos phase. Likewise, radiocarbon dates from the two Viejo period sites reported by Kelley et al. (1999, 66) have one-sigma ranges that fall within the Perros Bravos phase. 5. There are, however, some (Wilcox 1999, 98; but see Lekson 1999a, 86) who suggest that the eastern arm of the U may not have existed. This portion of the site was left unexamined by Di Peso due to the use of the area for modern habitation structures.
Ancestors and Elites: Emergent Complexity and Ritual Practices in the Casas Grandes Polity (Archaeology of Religion) by Gordon F. M. Rakita