La Laguna, Tlaxcala: The Archaeology of a Formative Period Central Mexican Town.

Welcome to the homepage of the Proyecto Arqueológico La Laguna (PALL).

Welcome to the homepage of the Proyecto Arqueológico La Laguna (PALL).  This page is dedicated to the La Laguna archaeological site, located in Tlaxcala, Mexico.  It provides general information and a forum for discussion regarding what life would have been like in a central Mexican town during the later Formative period (c. 600 BC-AD 150).  It was during this period that that many of the cultural traits we know from subsequent peoples of the region—such as the Aztecs, Toltecs, and Teotihuacanos—were established.  The period witnessed the formalization of trade networks, the standardization of at least two deities, and the urbanization of populations into cities such as Cuicuilco, Teotihuacan, and Cholula.  Archaeological investigations at La Laguna tell the story of a pre-Hispanic community whose inhabitants were connected to other regions of Mesoamerica through trade and exchange; who differed in socioeconomic status, but not to the degree that characterized later societies; who participated in shared domestic and public rituals, including the Mesoamerican ballgame; and who eventually abandoned the town when urban civilizations such as Teotihuacan began to flourish and expand during the Classic period (c. AD 100-600). 

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