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Joshua D. Englehardt, Verenice Y. Heredia Espinoza, and Christopher S. Beekman

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066349

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066349.001.0001

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The Cultural Sequence during the Formative Period in the Valley of Colima

The Cultural Sequence during the Formative Period in the Valley of Colima

(p.39) 1 The Cultural Sequence during the Formative Period in the Valley of Colima
Ancient West Mexicos

Laura Almendros López

University Press of Florida

The Formative period in Colima has been treated extensively in the archaeological literature, but it—particularly its Capacha phase—remains among the most misunderstood and controversial pre-Hispanic phenomena in the region. This chapter presents new data and interpretations that bolster archaeological understanding of the societies that inhabited the Valley of Colima in the Formative period. It first contextualizes debate surrounding the Capacha phase and then critically evaluates available evidence, including radiocarbon and AMS dating as well as Bayesian statistics, that informs perceptions of Capacha and its current uses in archaeological dialogues. Using data from the El Diezmo–Adonai site, the chapter presents new interpretations of the Capacha phase. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of how these new data augment archaeological understanding of ancient Colima and the region’s role in larger Formative period sociocultural processes.

Keywords:   Capacha, Formative period, Colima, Radiocarbon and AMS dating, Bayesian statistics, El Diezmo–Adonai site

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