The Last Pescadores of Chimalhuacán, Mexico: An Archaeological Ethnography

Jeffrey R. Parsons

Based on his study of the nearly vanished aquatic economy of Chimalhuacán in the Valley of Mexico, Parsons describes the surviving vestiges of aquatic insect collection and fishing and considers their developmental and archaeological implications within a broad context of historical, ethnographic, biological, ecological, and archaeological information from Mexico, North and South America, the Near East, and Africa. Activities, implements, artifacts, and landscapes are richly illustrated, in many cases with the author’s own photos and a number of vintage photographs. The study concludes that aquatic resources were fully complementary with agricultural products during prehispanic times in Mesoamerica where a pastoral economy was absent.

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See related books:
The Last Saltmakers of Nexquipayac, Mexico, Anthropological Papers 92, by Jeffrey R. Parsons
Maguey Utilization in Highland Central Mexico, Anthropological Papers 82, by Jeffrey R. Parsons and Mary H. Parsons

Publisher: Museum of Anthropology

Year of Publication: 2006

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Pages: 393

Price: $28

Print ISBN: 978-0-915703-62-3

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-949098-76-1

Monograph Series / Number: Anthropological Papers No. 96

Tables / Illustrations: 80 tables, 175 illustrations

Notes, Comments, Reviews:

“Parsons’s presentation of documentary evidence from societies throughout the globe is extensive and highlights the importance of lake and lakeshore resources to such an extent that archaeologists reading this work will necessarily be compelled to broaden their paradigms. . . . Pescadores is an important reference material to anyone interested in ancient subsistence economy.” Journal of Anthropological Research 2007


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