Title

Mapping and Radiocarbon Dating Archaic Period Monuments: La Alberca Structure Complex, Highland Michoacán, Mexico

Presenter Information

Mark Steinkraus
Ansel DeLeon

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

During the summers of 2007 and 2009, archaeologists from CWU and California State University-Fullerton conducted fieldwork in central Michoacán, Mexico. The group mapped the ceremonial site known as the La Alberca Structure Complex. It is composed of at least twelve stone terraced structures associated with the Archaic, Classic or Post Classic periods. While finishing the mapping of the complex, the group discovered a buried boulder structure. Radiocarbon samples associated with this structure dated to 6,160±40 BP. This poster presents the results of radiocarbon dating, feature stratigraphy, and GIS 3D models of the Archaic Period buried rock structure.

Poster Number

7

Faculty Mentor(s)

Steven Hackenberger

Additional Mentoring Department

Anthropology

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Mapping and Radiocarbon Dating Archaic Period Monuments: La Alberca Structure Complex, Highland Michoacán, Mexico

SURC Ballroom C/D

During the summers of 2007 and 2009, archaeologists from CWU and California State University-Fullerton conducted fieldwork in central Michoacán, Mexico. The group mapped the ceremonial site known as the La Alberca Structure Complex. It is composed of at least twelve stone terraced structures associated with the Archaic, Classic or Post Classic periods. While finishing the mapping of the complex, the group discovered a buried boulder structure. Radiocarbon samples associated with this structure dated to 6,160±40 BP. This poster presents the results of radiocarbon dating, feature stratigraphy, and GIS 3D models of the Archaic Period buried rock structure.