カバタ シゲル   Shigeru KABATA
  嘉幡 茂
   所属   京都外国語大学  国際言語平和研究所
   職種   嘱託研究員
発表年月日 2012/11/15
発表テーマ Symbolism, Materialization, and Procurement: An Analysis of Obsidian Artifacts From Teotihuacan Monuments
会議名 American Anthropological Association Meetings
主催者 American Anthropological Association
学会区分 国際学会
発表形式 口頭(一般)
単独共同区分 共同
開催地名 San Francisco
発表者・共同発表者 Kabata, Shigeru, and Yuta Chiba
概要 In this paper, we will focus on the results of spatial analysis utilizing GIS, XRF, and typological analyses of obsidian artifacts excavated from the Moon Pyramid and the Sun Pyramid of Teotihuacan, and discuss how the symbols of the central authority were materialized in these artifacts. The urban landscape of Teotihuacan represents the worldview of the past, in which the Moon Pyramid and the Sun Pyramid were important monuments that shaped the landscape. In addition, a number of obsidian products have been excavated from the dedicatory burials discovered in these pyramids. This lithic assemblage not only indicates the high technological superiority of their manufacture, but also shows the degree of specialization within groups. The spatial relationship between artifacts and the product’s forms (eccentrics, bifaces, serpentine) imply a symbol of the rulers and the worldview. We understand that the rulers at the time had thoroughly been controlled in making design, elaboration and placement of those offerings. On the other hand, we address the theme of procurement strategies of obsidian that acquired valuable resources to materialize symbols. We discuss if the state of Teotihuacan politically intervened in any way in this activity, and how these strategies influenced the political and economic structure of Teotihuacan.