Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica

, Volume 57, Issue 4, pp 605–626 | Cite as

Archeointensity investigation on pottery vestiges from Puertas de Rolón, Capacha culture: In search for affinity with other Mesoamerican pre-Hispanic cultures

  • Juan MoralesEmail author
  • Avto Goguitchaichvili
  • María de los Ángeles Olay Barrientos
  • Claire Carvallo
  • Bertha Aguilar Reyes


We report the results of a rock magnetic and archeointensity study on pottery fragments recovered at the archaeological site of Puertas de Rolón, Capacha culture (Colima), that is considered one of the most important pre-Classic cultural developments of western Mesoamerica, Mexico. Standard rock magnetic experiments were carried out in order to investigate the reliability of the ancient field strength recovered from studied materials. Six out of the seven analyzed fragments gave reliable intensity determinations. The mean archeointensity value obtained in this study is 35.3 ± 3.4 μT. It is in good agreement with another contemporaneous Mesoamerican mean archeointensity of 34.3 ± 1.1 μT obtained for El Opeño. Statistically similar rock-magnetic parameters between ceramics from El Opeño and Puertas de Rolón potsherds appear to be related to clay-sources with similar geological settings and weathering processes. Alternatively, ancient trade or interexchange between western (Capacha Culture) and eastern Mesoamerica locations, as it has been proposed earlier, seem to be supported by results obtained in this study.


Capacha pottery archeointensity Western Mexico 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Morales
    • 1
    Email author
  • Avto Goguitchaichvili
    • 1
  • María de los Ángeles Olay Barrientos
    • 2
  • Claire Carvallo
    • 3
  • Bertha Aguilar Reyes
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorio Interinstitucional de Magnetismo Natural, Instituto de Geofísica, Unidad MichoacánUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMichoacanMexico
  2. 2.Centro INAHColimaMexico
  3. 3.Institut de Minéralogie et de Physique des Milieux CondensésUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance

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