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Elizabeth H. Paris,1 Roberto López Bravo,2 Gabriel Lalo Jacinto 3

1 University of Calgary, Canada; 2 Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas, Mexico; 3 Centro INAH Chiapas, Mexico

Arqueol. Iberoam.

Here we report the discovery of an Archaic period stemmed and barbed point from the site of Tenam Puente, Chiapas, Mexico. The point was discovered in the rubble fill used to modify a large Late Classic to Early Postclassic period plaza. The point bears a strong resemblance to Lowe points (12000–9300 CalBP) recovered from Belize, and Pedernales-style points discovered elsewhere in Mesoamerica (8700 CalBP). It is the second point of this style identified from highland Chiapas to date.

El artículo reporta el hallazgo de una punta de proyectil del periodo Arcaico, con pedúnculo y aletas, del sitio arqueológico Tenam Puente, Chiapas, México. La punta se ubicó en el relleno de cantos de piedra caliza utilizados para modificar una gran plaza del periodo de transición entre el Clásico Tardío y el Posclásico Temprano. La forma de la punta de proyectil es muy parecida a las puntas Lowe (12000–9300 CalBP) halladas en Belice y a las puntas de estilo Pedernales localizadas en otras partes de Mesoamérica (8700 CalBP). Es la segunda punta de este estilo encontrada en los Altos de Chiapas hasta la fecha.

Mesoamerica; Archaic; projectile point; lithic; Chiapas.

Palabras clave
Mesoamérica; Arcaico; punta de proyectil; lítica; Chiapas.

Cite as
Paris, E. H., R. López Bravo, G. Lalo Jacinto. 2019.
An Archaic Period Stemmed and Barbed Point from Tenam Puente, Chiapas, Mexico.
Arqueología Iberoamericana 43: 62-66.
Received: August 21, 2019. Accepted: August 30, 2019. Publication date: September 9, 2019.

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Special thanks to the staff, students, and workers of the Redes Económicas de Tenam Puente project. This project was undertaken with the permission of the Consejo de Arqueología del Instituto Nacional de Arqueología e Historia, with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC ref.: 430-2018-00629), the University of Calgary (URGC SSH Faculty Seed Grant RSO Number: 1045964), and the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas.

About the authors
Elizabeth H. Paris (Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary. Her research focuses on Mesoamerican archaeology, particularly the Maya civilization. Topics of particular interest include ancient cities, particularly high-skill craft production and market exchange within ancient commercial networks. Her recent publications include “The Organization of Stingless Beekeeping (Meliponiculture) at Mayapán, Yucatan, Mexico” (Paris et al. 2018), “Los mayas de los Altos de Chiapas y sus vecinos occidentales” (Paris & López Bravo 2017), and “Return to Moxviquil” (Paris et al. 2015). Roberto López Bravo (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) is a Professor at the Licenciatura de Arqueología, Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas. His research focuses on Mesoamerican archaeology, particularly the Maya and Chiapanec populations of pre-Hispanic Chiapas. Topics of particular interest include political organization and household archaeology. His recent publications include “Los mayas de los Altos de Chiapas y sus vecinos occidentales” (Paris & López Bravo 2017), and “Palenque. Investigaciones recientes” (Parrilla Albuerne et al. 2015). Gabriel Lalo Jacinto (Maestro en Estudios Mesoamericanos, FFyL-UNAM) is a Profesor Investigador Titular B, Centro INAH Chiapas. He is the INAH Site Director of Tenam Puente and Chinkultic. His research focuses on Mesoamerican archaeology, particularly the Maya populations of the eastern Chiapas highlands. Topics of particular interest include settlement pattern, popular religion, and ethnoarchaeology in indigenous societies. His recent publications include “Introducción al paisaje ritual de la meseta comiteca” (Lalo Jacinto 2012), and “Un acercamiento al Balún Canán prehispánico” (2009).


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