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Ancient Households of the Americas
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In Ancient Households of the Americas archaeologists investigate the fundamental role of household production in ancient, colonial, and contemporary households. Several different cultures—Iroquois, Coosa, Anasazi, Hohokam, San Agustín, Wankarani, Formative Gulf Coast Mexico, and Formative, Classic, Colonial, and contemporary Maya—are analyzed through the lens of household archaeology in concrete, data-driven case studies. The text is divided into three sections: Section I examines the spatial and social organization and context of household production; Section II looks at the role and results of households as primary producers; and Section III investigates the role of, and interplay among, households in their greater political and socioeconomic communities. In the past few decades, household archaeology has made substantial contributions to our understanding and explanation of the past through the documentation of the household as a social unit—whether small or large, rural or urban, commoner or elite. These case studies from a broad swath of the Americas make Ancient Households of the Americas extremely valuable for continuing the comparative interdisciplinary study of households.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. 1. The Household as Analytical Unit
  2. pp. 1-44
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  1. Section 1. Household Production Organization
  2. pp. 45-46
  1. 2. Occupation Span and the Organization of Residential Activities
  2. pp. 47-78
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  1. 3. Production and Consumption in the Countryside
  2. pp. 79-116
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  1. 4. Iroquoian Households
  2. pp. 117-140
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  1. 5. Activity Areas and Households in the Late Mississippian Southeast United States
  2. pp. 141-162
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  1. 6. The Social Evolution of Potters’ Households in Ticul, Yucatán, Mexico, 1965–1997
  2. pp. 163-188
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  1. 7. Pots and Agriculture
  2. pp. 189-218
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  1. Section 2. Households as Primary Producers
  2. pp. 219-220
  1. 8. Hohokam Household Organization, Sedentism, and Irrigation in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona
  2. pp. 221-268
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  1. 9. Understanding Households on Their Own Terms
  2. pp. 269-298
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  1. 10. Late Classic Period Terrace Agriculture in the Lowland Maya Area
  2. pp. 299-322
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  1. Section 3. Inter- and Intrahousehold Organization of Production
  2. pp. 323-324
  1. 11. Fluctuating Community Organization
  2. pp. 325-352
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  1. 12. Relationships among Households in the Prehispanic Community of Mesitas in San Agustín, Colombia
  2. pp. 353-380
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  1. 13. Interhousehold versus Intracommunity Comparisons
  2. pp. 381-406
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  1. 14. Arrobas, Fanegas, and Mantas
  2. pp. 407-436
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 437-438
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 439-448
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