Tracing Louis H. Ayme’s Explorations in Oaxaca, México, 1884-1885
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This report details some aspects of research tracing an early example of the gathering of Pre-Columbian archaeological objects in Oaxaca, México. It focuses on the work of Louis H. Ayme at Santa Maria Coatlan, one of two locations where he excavated in 1884-1885. His records of exploration and collecting in two caves, still important in the life of this Zapotec village, provide an opportunity for studying both the objects that he 2 recovered and the importance of caves in this part of Oaxaca. Ayme’s work helps 2 recovered and the importance of caves in this part of Oaxaca. Ayme’s work helps document a particular case of ritual cave usage in Mesoamerica, a tradition dating from olumbian times, which sometimes continues into the present. It also provides several opportunities for learning more about Santa Maria’s role in this poorly understood area of Oaxaca.
Pinkston, Cynthia N., "Tracing Louis H. Ayme’s Explorations in Oaxaca, México, 1884-1885" (2002). KIP Articles. 6057.