Prehispanic Economic Fluctuations in the Balsas River Basin, Mexico
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Pascual Izquierdo Egea • español
Abstract. By applying the contextual valuation method to the analysis of the mortuary record in the Balsas River basin, Mexico, we can isolate the prehispanic economic fluctuations and social changes encoded in the composition of grave goods. Among the relevant results obtained, highlights that the collapse of ancient Mesoamerican civilizations (Teotihuacan, Monte Alban and the Maya Classic) appears perfectly reflected in the offerings of Late Classic burials.
Keywords: Economic fluctuations, Prehispanic, Balsas River, Mexico, Social changes, Social inequality, Conflict, Collapse, Mesoamerica, Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Maya.
Izquierdo-Egea, P. 2014. Fluctuaciones económicas prehispánicas en la cuenca del río Balsas, México. Arqueología Iberoamericana 23: 3-30. PURL:
Publication date: 7 July 2014.

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