Integrating shallow geophysical survey: Archaeological investigations at Totógal in the Sierra de los Tuxtlas, Veracruz, México

Marcie L. Venter, Victor D. Thompson, Matthew D. Reynolds, James C. Waggoner

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The Postclassic site of Totógal in the western Tuxtla Mountains of Veracruz, Mexico contains rare examples of stone architectural features in the southern Gulf Lowlands. Today, the partial remains of one such structure are highly visible; however, the amount of wall fall, looters' pit destruction and over-growth masks the extent and form of the feature. Local histories ascribe these ruins to early Colonial construction periods, however Postclassic Aztec-style artifacts recovered near this architecture question the occupational sequence of the site and its constructions. To better examine the extent of construction, as well as the occupation associated with them, we conducted a program of shovel testing, topographic mapping, electromagnetic induction survey and excavation. We discuss our findings in this paper and demonstrate the utility of geophysical surveys as complementary field strategies in the Tuxtla Mountains and other volcanic regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)767-777
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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