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.
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Cambridge Univ Press
Sluyter, A. (1993). Long-distance staple transport in western Mesoamerica: Insights through quantitative modeling. Ancient Mesoamerica, 4 Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/geoanth_pubs/65