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Rex A. Koontz
University Of Houston (Houston, TX 77204-3067)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2003 – 7/31/2003

Performance and Power at an Ancient Mesoamerican Capital: El Tajín, Veracruz, Mexico

During the tenure of my stipend I plan to complete a book on elite performance and power at El Tajín, Veracruz, Mexico. I begin my argument by identifying performance events through studies of material culture and public iconography. I then explore the way these performances encoded elite power onto the urban landscape. El Tajín’s place in Mesoamerican history is still not well understood, and yet these hypotheses on performance and power require an historical context. To this end, I combine information on recent work at the site with a critical analysis of past interpretations of chronology and culture to construct a section on the place of El Tajín in Mesoamerican history.