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date: 21 August 2019

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Ceramics are a key component of every archaeological study of Aztec society by virtue of their durability and simultaneous encoding of chronological, functional, and status information. This chapter presents a brief overview of Aztec pottery typology and chronology, as well as aspects of ceramic technology, as known from documentary and archaeological lines of evidence. These ceramic data have played a critical role in shedding light on questions concerning craft specialization, market system development, and regional economic integration—and their change through time—in the Aztec heartland.

Keywords: pottery typology and chronology, ceramic technology, craft specialization, Aztec society, ceramics

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