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The Age of Consumption: A Study of Consumer (and Producer) Behavior and the Household (2013)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428509] Stephen Damm.

Historical archaeologists have long noted the importance of consumer behavior, especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. However, archaeological interpretations of consumer behavior tend to focus narrowly on race or status. While anthropologists have often emphasized the importance of factors such as the household's age structure, lifecycle, and kin relationships within the context of the wider community, archaeologists have paid less attention to these factors. Using data from the...

Archaeological Investigations in Downtown San Diego, Horton's Addition, Block H (1995)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 339530] Rebecca Allen.

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The Archaeology of Frontier American Judaism: Exploring the Mosaic of Jewish Domestic Religious Practice in the 19th Century (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 405311] David Markus.

The Block Family Farmstead in Washington, Arkansas represents the first documented Jewish immigrant family to arrive in the state and their home is the most extensively excavated Jewish Diaspora site in North America, dating to the first half of the 19th Century. The site gives unique insight into the domestic practices of a Jewish family on the frontier in absence of an ecclesiastical support network or coreligionist community. The faunal assemblage recovered primarily from the home’s detached...

Artefactos domésticos de casas postclásicas en Cuexcomate y Capilco, Morelos (2006)

DOCUMENT [ID: 379824] Michael E. Smith.

This is an unpublished report submitted to the Mexican government describing artifacts from excavations of houses at the sites of Capilco and Cuexcomate in the Mexican state of Morelos. All materials date to the Aztec period, ca. AD 1100-1520. It consists of volume 2 of the entire final report of the project; the first volume was published as: Smith, Michael E. (1992) Archaeological Research at Aztec-Period Rural Sites in Morelos, Mexico. Volume 1, Excavations and Architecture /...

Aztec Period Sites in Morelos, Mexico

PROJECT [ID: 379814] Michael E. Smith.

This project contains materials from archaeological sites of the Aztec period (AD 1100-1519) in the Mexican state of Morelos. It currently contains reports and data from two fieldwork projects directed by Dr. Michael E. Smith during the 1980s and 1990s.

Beyond Missions: Documenting Mexican and Mexican-American Adobes in California (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 404873] Albert Gonzalez. Heather Atherton. Javier Hernandez.

In the foreword to their 1931 review of nineteenth-century adobe houses in California, historical architects Donald Hannaford and Revel Edwards express despair at the state of such research in their time, noting that "printed material on the subject" could only be generated via discovery in the field. Eighty-five years later, research is still lacking. California’s famed colonial missions tend to draw the bulk of archaeological attention while research associated with Mexican- and Gold Rush-era...

Buildings and Bling But No Bottles or Bone? Peculiar Findings at the Houston-LeCompt Site (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434610] Kerri S. Barile. Emily Calhoun. Kerry S. Gonzalez.

In the summer of 2012, a dozen Dovetail archaeologists and scores of volunteers toiled in the sun to excavate the Houston-LeCompt site, located along the newly proposed Route 301 corridor in central Delaware. Using test units, backhoe scraping, feature excavation, and artifact and ethnobotanical analysis, the team recovered an astounding amount of data on the Houston family and generations of subsequent tenant farmers who worked the land. House cellars, kitchen refuse pits, wells, and sheet...

Buttoning Up at the Biry House A Study of Clothing Fasteners of a Descendant Alsatian Household (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434707] Maxwell Forton.

Excavations at the Biry house of Castroville, Texas yielded a large assemblage of buttons, which may be studied to yield a better understanding of the lives of Alsatian immigrants within the community. Buttons represent a class of material objects that are simultaneously intimate and utilitarian in nature. While buttons are used on a daily basis, we remain largely aloof to these small, discrete fasteners in our lives. This paper represents an exercise in discerning the information that buttons...

Buttoning Up The Social Fabric: Clothing Fasteners Of An Alsatian Immigrant Household (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 435330] Maxwell Forton.

Excavations of the Biry House of Castroville, Texas have produced a diverse assemblage of clothing buttons dating from the 1840s through the 1930s. This paper explores how these buttons are being used to create a more holistic understanding of the lives of these Alsatian immigrants and their descendants. Such buttons are a common occurrence among domestic assemblages of the 19th and 20th century, but these humble artifacts may actively shape the narratives of individual lives and the communities...

Cabins, Households, and Families: The Multiple Loci of Pooled Production at James Madison's Montpelier (2016)

DOCUMENT [ID: 434951] Eric Schweickart.

The lives of the members of the enslaved community at James Madison’s plantation in Virginia, Montpelier, were shaped by the types of work they were expected to do in order to keep the president’s mansion and farm running smoothly. Recent work by historical demographers has highlighted the importance of pooling resources within households, with members each contributing the results of their production activities to the group.  Archaeological excavations at several different early 19th century...

Casma Pottery Production at El Campanario Site, Huarmey Valley, Peru (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 429033] Jose Peña.

Pottery production was an important aspect of the social and economic life within Andean societies. In pre-industrial societies craft production occurred at the household level and depending upon the social complexity, this production was either independent or sponsored by the elite. Recent archaeological excavation of domestic contexts at the El Campanario site revealed that the area was occupied by the Casma polity during the Middle Horizon (600-1000 AD). This coastal polity occupied the...

Community and the Contours of Empire: The Hacienda System in the Northern Highlands of Ecuador (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 431082] Zev Cossin.

Recent archaeological studies of Spanish colonialism have redirected scholarly attention both to the workings of imperialism and the multitude of ways in which marginalized populations navigated and remade the grids of power that constitute empire. A focus on the household and the materiality of everyday life has generated a rich body of evidence by which to tack between multiple scales of social life and foreground the material culture of daily life as constitutive elements in the making of...

Community Identity and Social Practice during the Terminal Classic Period at Actuncan, Belize

PROJECT [ID: 398972] Kara A. Fulton.

This research examines the relationship between the ways in which urban families engaged local landscapes and the development of shared identities at the prehispanic Maya city of Actuncan, Belize. Such shared identities would have created deep historical ties to specific urbanized spaces, which enabled and constrained political expansion during the Terminal Classic period (ca. A.D. 800–900), a time when the city experienced rapid population growth as surrounding centers declined. This research...

Con Un Pie En Cada Lado: Nuevo Santander Ranching Communities Along The Lower Rio Grande (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 435688] Mary Jo Galindo.

Before the Río Grande became a contested border between the United States and Mexico, and between predominantly Latino and Anglo-American societies, it was the northern frontier of Spanish Nuevo Santander and a border between Spanish Mexico and indigenous societies to the north. The pobladores, or colonists, who moved into the region—and their descendants to the present day—had to adapt constantly to the changing political, economic, and social environment. The eighteenth-century colony of Nuevo...

The construction of archaeological practice: Sex/gender and sexuality on the fringe (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 431396] Kirsten Vacca.

Archaeologists have incorporated sex/gender and sexuality research in projects for decades, yet such foci have failed to become widespread as they are largely considered a specialty or niche topic. This paper first looks at why the topics in question have remained on the fringe of archaeological research. The subsequent discussion analyzes ways in which contemporary practices can counteract deeply embedded ideas about the archaeology of sex/ gender and sexuality, making this approach to the...

Dissertation - Community Identity and Social Practice during the Terminal Classic Period at Actuncan, Belize (2015)

DOCUMENT [ID: 398974] Kara A. Fulton.

This research examines the relationship between the ways in which urban families engaged local landscapes and the development of shared identities at the prehispanic Maya city of Actuncan, Belize. Such shared identities would have created deep historical ties to specific urbanized spaces, which enabled and constrained political expansion during the Terminal Classic period (ca. A.D. 800–900), a time when the city experienced rapid population growth as surrounding centers declined. This research...

Dwellings and Corporate Groups in Montegrande, Jequetepeque Valley, Peru: A Household Study of Social Differentiation (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 398062] Peiyu Chen.

This research takes two kinds of analytical unit, dwelling and hypothetical corporate group, to analyze and compare spatial relationship between the east and west sectors in Montegrande, a Early Formative site locates in Jequetepeque Valley, Peru. The map-based analysis reveals different changing pattern during the two phases of occupation. The primary result shows that east sector went through a significant transition from phase 1 to phase 2 in the configuration of corporate group and in the...

A Dynamic Social Landscape: Recent Investigations at the Hacienda Guachalá, Northern Highlands of Ecuador (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 431343] Siobhan Boyd. Zev Cossin. Samuel Connell. Ana Gonzalez.

The area of Cayambe in the northern highlands of Ecuador is marked by the physical remains of successive waves of Inca and Spanish imperial expansion and their enduring consequences. Across the landscape high altitude fortifications evidence the drawn-out struggles between expanding Inca and local forces during the 15th century. Similarly, elite haciendas that transformed the rural countryside in the interests of imperial and state power continue to dominate the social and political landscape....

The Enslaved Laborer Settlement at Trents Plantation, Barbados: 1640s-1834 (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434380] Douglas Armstrong.

Trents Plantation, Barbados has provided a wealth of new information on early plantation life in Barbados.  In 2013 I reported on the recovery of the early settlement at Trents Plantation and briefly mentioned the identification of an enslaved laborer settlement on the plantation.  This paper focuses on findings related to the enslaved laborer community that was established on the property beginning in the late 1640s.  The site was occupied trough the period of slavery and abandoned upon...

The Heat of the Night: Ritual Purification and Curing in Mesoamerica (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 431045] Jan Olson.

While daytime is often reserved for fairly mundane activities, most archaeological questions have focused on this time period. A wide variety of activities though cross the day into the nighttime, or occur only after dark. It is during the night when Mesoamericans recreated much of their mythology in ritualistic acts. This paper explores the use of household temazcales as nightly ritual spaces. These saunas were not only found in large communal spaces, but also in households. For what were the...

House and Household: The Archaeology of Domestic Life at Burning Man (2013)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428639] Carolyn White.

House and household have been the primary focus of the archaeological study of Burning Man. Domestic space in Black Rock City, the location of the Burning Man festival in northwestern Nevada, takes many different forms. In this paper, the configurations of house, household, and the components of domestic space are investigated. Even in an experimental municipality, where the fantastic and inventive are elemental, the household is the basic building block of the city. As such it is not only a...

Household climate: Great Basin response to climate change reflected by intrasite zooarchaeology (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 403561] Emily Epstein.

Intrasite spatial analysis reveals zooarchaeological remains indicative of Great Basin hunter-gatherer household behaviors. Results indicate the presence and spatial distribution of activity types. Analytical techniques facilitated evaluation of ethnographic models to find the best match to the zooarchaeological situation. Households associated with disparate climatic regimes, while contextually equivalent, exhibit variable zooarchaeological signatures for subsistence, social, and spiritual...

Household Practice and Early Forms of Social Inequality in Huaca Negra, Viru Valley (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 402910] Peiyu Chen.

This research attempts to understand daily household practice in Huaca Negra, a coastal site that was occupied from 5,000 to 3,000 B.P. in the Viru Valley, to answer two interrelated research questions: (1) Were there signs of institutionalized social inequality represented at the household level in Huaca Negra during its occupation? (2) If so, through what kinds of daily household practices did potential leaders in this particular community differentiate themselves from others? Alternatively,...

Households, Communities, and the History of Etowah (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 403412] Adam King.

Etowah was the home of Mississippian period communities for 550 years. During that time, three distinct communities were created: an initial founding followed by two reoccupations after periods of abandonment. Because abandonment creates points in the life of a community where local traditions can be questioned and modified, they can lead to novel ways of casting identity, social relations, and history. With each new community created at Etowah, households and the larger built environment were...

Households, Ritual, and the Origins of Social Complexity in the Maya Lowlands: A View From the Karinel Group, Ceibal, Guatemala (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 403578] Jessica MacLellan. Takeshi Inomata.

Payson Sheets’ work at Ceren has greatly influenced investigations of ancient Maya households at both Aguateca and Ceibal. Here we focus on recent excavations at the Karinel Group, a residential area at Ceibal. Due to its early foundation, Ceibal presents an opportunity to investigate multiple aspects of the origins of ancient Maya society. We discuss the development of the patio group, the typical Maya arrangement of stone house platforms around an open space, often rebuilt and reoccupied for...

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