Conceptualizations of pre-Hispanic staple transport remain underdeveloped. Conventional wisdom has long maintained that while "prestige goods" could demand long-distance transport, staple transport was short distance. A quantitative model reveals the fallacy of that argument and establishes the possibility of long-distance, overland staple transport in Mesoamerica by using maize tribute transport between Zempoala and Tenochtitlan as an example. This conclusion has implications for understanding Mesoamerican interregional exchange, ecology, and society.
Sluyter, Andrew, "Long-distance staple transport in western Mesoamerica: Insights through quantitative modeling" (1993). Faculty Publications. 65.
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