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) is a type of bark paper that has been manufactured in Mexico since the precontact times. Amate paper was extensively produced and used for both communication, records, and ritual during the Triple Alliance; however, after the Spanish conquest, its production was mostly banned and replaced by European paper.
Stone beaters dating from the 6th century CE have been found, and these tools are most often found where amate trees grow.
The crumpled piece of paper was found in the southern chamber of the site's shaft tomb, possibly associated with a male scribe.
Rather than being produced from Trema micrantha, from which modern amate is made, the amate found at Huitzilapa is made from Ficus tecolutensis.
In the Aztec era, paper retained its importance as a writing surface, especially in the production of chronicles and the keeping of records such as inventories and accounting.
Codices were converted into "books" by folding into an accordion pattern.