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The northeastern flank of the Popocatépetl volcano in western Puebla, Mexico, has been subject to intense and destructive volcanic activity since the Terminal Preclassic period (100 BC-AD 100), and it is still one of the highest-risk sectors in the region. Between AD 50 and 100 the communities that dotted this slope, an area known locally as Tetimpa, were abruptly buried by a pumice-fall deposit that preserved the buildings, activity areas and agricultural fields but devastated the settlements and made the region uninhabitable for generations to come. It is probable that this violent eruption had an important social and ideological...

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