The fires in La Almoloya sealed moments of daily life, tragic for its inhabitants, but a rich source of data for research. Ceilings and walls collapsed, protecting what was inside the rooms.

Instruments related to food processing and artefact production, stained with ash and reddened by the heat, are found beneath storage areas in several rooms. Here, we see loom weights piled up in a corner and, in front, a millstone with its grinding hand in position, ready to produce flour.

Instruments related to food processing and artefact production, stained with ash and reddened by the heat, are found beneath storage areas in several rooms. Here, we see loom weights piled up in a corner and, in front, a millstone with its grinding hand in position, ready to produce flour.

Ceramics, spindle whorls and millstones; signs of storage, looms and cereal grinding in the same space.

Ceramics, spindle whorls and millstones; signs of storage, looms and cereal grinding in the same space.

Yet another scenario where loom weights are still in the manufacturing process, a productive workshop with ceramic vessels and millstones are distinguished.

Yet another scenario where loom weights are still in the manufacturing process, a productive workshop with ceramic vessels and millstones are distinguished.

A place specialized in cereal grinding: the millstones inside the receptacles were used to grind grain and collect the flour produced. In front, part of the collapsed partition of the building. Incredibly, this structure is so well preserved that you can better appreciate it with the following perspectives.

A place specialized in cereal grinding: the millstones inside the receptacles were used to grind grain and collect the flour produced. In front, part of the collapsed partition of the building. Incredibly, this structure is so well preserved that you can better appreciate it with the following perspectives.

View from the South.

View from the South.

View from the Southwest.

View from the Southwest.

Overhead view of the western receptacle.

Overhead view of the western receptacle.

Stunning snapshot of how they placed the storage urns along with the bowl used to extract the contents of these large vessels at hand. On the right, another fallen partition that delimited this storage area.

Stunning snapshot of how they placed the storage urns along with the bowl used to extract the contents of these large vessels at hand. On the right, another fallen partition that delimited this storage area.

To give you an idea, see the following sequence of compositions, which are just a sample of the artifactual repertoire recovered from this site.

To give you an idea, see the following sequence of compositions, which are just a sample of the artifactual repertoire recovered from this site.

Spindle whorls.

Spindle whorls.

Spatulas made with deer antler.

Spatulas made with deer antler.

Stone axes.

Stone axes.

The abundance of manufacturing tools raises many questions:
How much production? What specific things did they manufacture? Was it for their self-sufficiency or something else? What else? And more importantly, as fans of our Argaric route, which were the distribution routes? To find the answers to these and more other questions, the Almoloya-Bastida Project has all these objects and the entire field record at its disposal. Exciting surprises are in store. To be continued…

The abundance of manufacturing tools raises many questions:

How much production? What specific things did they manufacture? Was it for their self-sufficiency or something else? What else? And more importantly, as fans of our Argaric route, which were the distribution routes? To find the answers to these and more other questions, the Almoloya-Bastida Project has all these objects and the entire field record at its disposal. Exciting surprises are in store. To be continued…

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