In April 2019 the UMMAA released Cueva Blanca: Social Change in the Archaic of the Valley of Oaxaca, an archaeological monograph by Kent Flannery, curator of human ecology and archaeobiology at the Museum, and Frank Hole, professor emeritus of anthropology at Yale University.
Cueva Blanca is a report on the excavations at the well-known cliff site near Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico. It is one of a series of Archaic sites excavated by Kent Flannery and Frank Hole as part of a project on the prehistory and human ecology of the Valley of Oaxaca. The oldest stratigraphic level in Cueva Blanca yielded Late Pleistocene fauna, including some species no longer present in southern Mexico. The second oldest level, Zone E, produced Early Archaic material with calibrated dates as old as 11,000–10,000 BC. Zones D and C provided a rich Late Archaic assemblage whose closest ties are with the Abejas phase of Puebla’s Tehuacán Valley (fourth millennium BC).
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