Shell in the Bolaños Culture
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María Teresa Cabrero G. • español
Abstract. The shell work of the Bolaños culture boosted its economic development and strengthened commercial trade routes providing both subsistence and high status goods. This trade allowed the reaffirming of social, economic and ideological ties with the towns around them. The caravans that crossed the region transported shells and conchs from the coastal towns. The low weight and volume facilitated the acquisition of a great variety of pelecypods and gastropods that were used to produce high-quality objects. These shells were used as body and symbolic ornaments in the main localities of the region; they also represented an economic resource through the exchange with neighboring towns.
Keywords: Shell, Bolaños Culture, Mexico.
Cabrero G., M. T. 2014. La concha en la cultura Bolaños. Arqueología Iberoamericana 22: 3-17. PURL:
Publication date: 11 June 2014.

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