Aztec period houses and terraces at Calixtlahuaca: The changing morphology of a Mesoamerican hilltop urban center

  title={Aztec period houses and terraces at Calixtlahuaca: The changing morphology of a Mesoamerican hilltop urban center},
  author={Michael E. Smith and Aleksander Borejsza and Angela C. Huster and Charles D. Frederick and Isabel Rodr{\'i}guez L{\'o}pez and Cynthia Heath-Smith},
  journal={Journal of Field Archaeology},
  pages={227 - 243}
Abstract Calixtlahuaca, a Middle–Late Postclassic site in the Toluca Valley of central Mexico, was occupied ca. a.d. 1100–1530. Our excavations reveal some of the processes involved in the creation, functions, and decay of a large hilltop urban center. At its height, the majority of the site’s surface (264 ha) was covered with residential-agricultural terraces supported by a complex water management system. House construction techniques included the use of adobe brick, wattle-and-daub, and… 
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