ARCHAEOLOGICAL DEPOSITS FROM THE AZTEC NEW FIRE CEREMONY

@article{Elson2001ARCHAEOLOGICALDF,
  title={ARCHAEOLOGICAL DEPOSITS FROM THE AZTEC NEW FIRE CEREMONY},
  author={Christina Elson and Michael E. Smith},
  journal={Ancient Mesoamerica},
  year={2001},
  volume={12},
  pages={157 - 174}
}
The New Fire Ceremony is one of the few Aztec rituals documented in both the archaeological and historical records. The Spanish chroniclers described the New Fire Ceremony as an imperial celebration of the renewal of cosmic time that was observed on the local level by the renewal of household goods. George C. Vaillant first proposed the identification of artifact dumps at Aztec sites with descriptions of these local celebrations. We describe unpublished artifact dumps excavated by Vaillant at… 
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