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Fisher, eds. 2006. Seeking a Richer Harvest: The Archaeology of Subsistence Intensification, Innovation, and Change. New York: Springer. 17 Enrique Rodríguez-Alegría and Sarah R. Graff Turkon, Paula. 2004. Food and Status in the Prehispanic Malpaso Valley, Zacatecas, Mexico. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 23 (2): 225–251. ———. 2007. Food Preparation and Status in Mesoamerica. In The Archaeology of Food and Identity, edited byKatheryn C. Twiss, 152–170. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Occasional Paper 34.

Scholars have argued that the continuation of corn grinding, a very labor-intensive task, is related to ideologies of female subordination. New data obtained from interviews with the last generation of women to grind corn by hand in Xaltocan suggest that grinding continued into the twentieth century due to more practical problems, including the reliability of transportation to grinding mills, unreliable electric power in the town, and a general preference for the flavor of stone-ground corn. The data emphasize the interplay between household interests and suprahousehold factors that affect technological change.

2). Because of the shape and general characteristics of these vessels, the first archaeologist to write about them in detail, Stefania Mazzoni (1984, 1992, 1993), referred to them as “jars,” and that is how they have been described ever since. The GCSRJ have an impression on either the rim, neck, or sometimes the shoulder, made with a cylindrically shaped seal. The seal impression is usually about 2 centimeters thick and can be continuously rolled around the vessel to create a uniform decoration or can be rolled once or twice to create a shorter decorative image.

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