First Attempt to Date Mesoamerican Mural Paintings
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Avto Goguitchaichvili, Juan Morales, Rodrigo Esparza López, Ana María Soler,
Jaime Urrutia Fucugauchi & Miguel Cervantes Solano • español
Abstract. We report the results of the first attempt to date four mural paintings from sites in Central Mexico: the Temple of Venus (Cacaxtla), the Red Temple (part of the Templo Mayor complex in Tenochtitlan), and the Chapulines and Estrellas temples (Cholula). These sites correspond to the Classic and Early Postclassic period of the Mesoamerican chronology. The ages obtained for the Chapulines (1105-1194 AD), Temple of Venus (1002-1308 AD) and Estrellas (340-649 AD) murals are within the accepted chronology and archaeological context of their respective sites. However, the date range that we obtained for the Red Temple (1829-1888 AD) points to a time period incompatible with Tenochtitlan’s established chronology. It is possible that the mural’s pictorial magnetization suffered some alteration over time.
Keywords: Mesoamerica, Mural paintings, Tenochtitlan, Pictorial remanent magnetization, Hematite.
Goguitchaichvili, A., J. Morales, R. Esparza López, A. M. Soler, J. Urrutia Fucugauchi & M. Cervantes Solano. 2016. Primer intento de datación de pinturas murales mesoamericanas. Arqueología Iberoamericana 29: 3-8. URL:
Publication date: 8 January 2016.

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