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How Big Was Paquimé?

Poster Presentation, 66th Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology
New Orleans, April 19, 2001
David A. Phillips, Jr.
Elizabeth Arwen Bagwell


Paquimé (or Casas Grandes) may have been the most important prehistoric center in northwest Mexico. Most archaeologists accept the published description of Paquimé's site core as two massive room blocks flanking a plaza. Other evidence suggests, however, that the site core was a single room block—and that the site's population was much smaller than the excavation report indicates. As such, Paquimé would be typical of the Mimbres-Casas Grandes region, rather than exceptional. The authors explore these conflicting perspectives by comparing maps of the site, including by creating overlays of the maps.

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