“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

San José del Torreón in Municipality of Ocampo, Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands

The Kitchen

The Kitchen Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 19, 2020
1. The Kitchen Marker

La cocina
Frente a ti están unos fogones de barro donde se preparaban los alimentos. Aquí se encontraron vasijas con restos de maiz, frijol, calabaza y amaranto, los que se cultivaron como parte de la dieta de los antigos pobladores.

El uso de los espacios entre una casa prehispánica y una rural actual no son muy diferentes.

The kitchen
Remember that the remains of some pre-Hispanic villages were found on the lower side of the hills in El Cóporo. You are now facing one.

Archaeologists identify them because when they were abandoned and collapsed, their ruins allowed the accumulation of soil and the growth of cactus. Besides, at these places fragments of pottery and stone tools were found. With this information explorations were started to find the rooms, patios, crop areas, warehouses and workshops. These are the areas that still need to be explored in the village you are looking at.

The use of spaces in a pre-Hispanic house and a rural home today are not very different.
Erected by Instituto Nacional de
The Kitchen and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 19, 2020
2. The Kitchen and Marker
Antropología e Historia (INAH).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative Americans.
Location. 21° 28.723′ N, 101° 27.594′ W. Marker is in San José del Torreón, Guanajuato, in Municipality of Ocampo. Marker can be reached from Camino a El Cóporo, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San José del Torreón, Guanajuato 37640, Mexico. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 19 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Pre-Hispanic House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Transformation of the Landscape by Man (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunset Square (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); A City Under Cactus (about 120 meters away); The Sunset Room (about 120 meters away); El Cóporo (200 to 900 AD) (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Father Hidalgo (approx. 19 kilometers away); Parish of San Juan Bautista (approx. 19 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San José del Torreón.
More about this marker. The El Cóporo Archaeological Site markers are accessible as part of a tour of the site. Access is during the site's normal hours of operation and a small fee is paid ($2 in 2020). The staff provides transportation to the site from the visitors center near San José del Torreón.
Regarding The Kitchen. The translation of the Spanish text into English looks like it is mistaken. It is almost identical to the English text in the A City Under Cactus Marker. The translation should be as follows:

In front of you is a clay stove where food was prepared. Here were found vessels with remains
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of corn, beans, pumpkin and amaranth, which were grown as part of the diet of the ancient settlers.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 29, 2020, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 19 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 30, 2020, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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