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Analyzing the Use of Inter-Structure Space at Ames, a Mississippian Town in Fayette County, Tennessee (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 404524] Benjamin Cross.

Ames (40FY7) is an Early-Middle Mississippian period town with two dozen structures, four mounds, and plazas enclosed within a palisade located in Fayette County, Tennessee, which dates to A.D. 1050-1300. Very little research has been done on Early-Middle Mississippian settlements in West Tennessee; this has resulted in very little being known about the social life history of these sites. Recent research at Ames has utilized multiple lines of evidence such as magnetometry data, surface...

Archaeological Investigations at the Wardrop-Buck House, Upper Marlboro, Maryland (1984)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 270905] Martha J. Schiek. Ronald A. Thomas.

This resource is a citation record only, the Center for Digital Antiquity does not have a copy of this document. The information in this record has been migrated into tDAR from the National Archaeological Database Reports Module (NADB-R) and updated. Most NADB-R records consist of a document citation and other metadata but do not have the documents themselves uploaded. If you have a digital copy of the document and would like to have it curated in tDAR, please contact us at

Beyond House Floors: The Logistics of Northwest Coast Plank-house Villages (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 429230] Terence Clark.

Household archaeology has a long and fruitful history in Northwest Coast archaeology. Excavation at numerous sites has provided detailed data on living surfaces and activity areas, but the greater dynamics of household and village organization remain elusive. This paper looks at important, but neglected functional constraints of plank-house villages, namely the need for firewood, potable water, and disposal of waste. These factors, which almost certainly informed on the construction and...

Beyond the Palace Walls: Household Perspectives on Living and Working in Late 3rd millennium BC Tell Asmar, Iraq (ancient Eshnunna) (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 404626] Lise Truex.

Past studies contextualizing residential neighborhoods within the socioeconomic, political, and geographic organization of early historic urban settlements in ancient southern Mesopotamia have concentrated heavily on architecture and ancient textual evidence to document diachronic changes in household fortunes. As part of a PhD dissertation project, this investigation of households from the late 3rd millennium BC levels of the Private Houses residential area at urban Tell Asmar (ancient...

The Bone Tool Assemblage from Housepit 54 at Bridge River (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 430131] Sarah Nowell. Ashley Hampton.

Excavations of Housepit 54 in the Bridge River village recovered an immense amount of cultural material that has contributed to a better understanding of the lifeways of its past inhabitants. The faunal assemblage contains a number of items tentatively identified as bone tools. This poster outlines the results of research aimed at understanding the effects of taphonomic and cultural processes associated with the formation of bone tool assemblages. Implications are drawn regarding activity...

Calixtlahuaca Archaeological Project

PROJECT [ID: 401248] Uploaded by: Michael E. Smith

This project will archive data and materials from the Calixtlahuaca Archaeological Project, a NSF-funded fieldwork investigation of an Aztec-period urban center near Toluca, Mexico.

Coba: New Findings and Future Directions of Research (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 404981] Stephanie Miller.

This paper presents new spatial and cultural data on the Maya archaeological site of Coba. As part of the Political Interaction Project of Central Yucatán, we have piloted a new investigation on the political, social, and economic relationship between the two Maya cities Yaxuna and Coba. These two cities are connected by the longest sacbe in the Maya region, Sacbe 1, stretching 100 km across the peninsula. Understanding the relationship between these two cities will require a multi year and...

Community Perceptions and Effects of the Bridge River Community Archaeological Project, 2012-2016 (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 430142] Kristen Barnett.

The Xwisten (Bridge River) community has had an ongoing collaborative relationship with the University of Montana, exploring the archaeology of the Bridge River Village, site Eerl4. The latest series of inquiries at the Bridge River Village focused on the excavation of Housepit 54, a single, mid-sized, semi-subterranean pithouse with 17 anthropogenic floors from occupations spanning 1800BP-ca. 1850’s CE. The goal of this research is to explore the perceptions of the discipline of archaeology,...

The Complement of Geochemical Soil Data to Artifact Patterns in the Study of Craft Production: A Case Study from Cancuen, Guatemala (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 431307] Brigitte Kovacevich. Duncan Cook. Michael Callaghan. Dawn Crawford.

This paper will discuss the various activities that took place on the exterior stone patio floor of the M6-12 domestic structure at Cancuen, Guatemala, and compare it to previously published findings of the M10-4 and M10-7 structures. These structures typically have a low investment in construction and appear to be non-elite in status, characterized by earthen mounds surrounded by limestone flagstone floors and perishable superstructures. These surfaces often appear to be communal activity areas...

The Complexity of (Un)charred Seeds: Unearthing the Taphonomic and Cultural Processes at a Stó:lō-Coast Salish Settlement in the Upper Fraser Valley (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 397631] Kimberly Kasper. Karen Hess. Anthony P. Graesch. David M. Schaepe.

Many archaeologists overlook the presence of uncharred archaeobotanicals, specifically seeds, within excavated cultural contexts. Frequently assemblages of uncharred seeds receive little analytic attention due to the difficulty of differentiating taphonomic variables associated with their presence, including soil moisture, pH, and insect activity. Further confounding this methodological quandary, it is often difficult to distinguish between the "cultural" and the "modern" seed rain recovered...

The concept of "domesticity" in Magdalenian life (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 395602] Kathleen Sterling.

A number of recent publications about Magdalenian life have used terms such as "domestic" or "household" and their derivations to differentiate between different types of sites or tools, and perhaps also to underscore the fact that archaeology is about people, not just materials. This language also reflects the influence household archaeology has had in expanding studies of sedentary societies. It is not clear, however, that a distinction between domestic and non-domestic activities is...

Consuming in Empire: The Materiality of Household Consumption at Postclassic and Colonial Xaltocan, Mexico (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 397203] Lisa Overholtzer.

Consumption, as Paul Mullins explains, "revolves around the acquisition of things to confirm, display, accent, mask, and imagine who we are and who we wish to be." Consumer choices of goods in the marketplace relate to the desire to connect oneself with particular networks of people and places on the landscape, and these connections play a role in the formation of personal and household identity. Here, I present research on the social dimensions inherent in economic practices, which are notably...

Continuity and Change on an Urban Houselot: Archaeological excavation at l8AP51, the 22 West Street backlot, Annapolis, Maryland (1991)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 271422] Julie H. Ernstein.

This resource is a citation record only, the Center for Digital Antiquity does not have a copy of this document. The information in this record has been migrated into tDAR from the National Archaeological Database Reports Module (NADB-R) and updated. Most NADB-R records consist of a document citation and other metadata but do not have the documents themselves uploaded. If you have a digital copy of the document and would like to have it curated in tDAR, please contact us at

Debitage and Diminutive Domiciles: Late-Terminal Classic Lithic Production, Consumption, and Raw Material Availability at El Zotz, Guatemala (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 405158] Joshua Kwoka. Alyce de Carteret.

El Zotz is an ancient Maya site located in the contemporary Department of El Petén, Guatemala. Its influence on Classic Lowland geopolitics and the political fortunes of its elites are attested by inscriptions at home and abroad. Dwarfed by funerary temples and palace complexes, multiple small household groups dot the site’s periphery. This paper shifts the focus of analysis to populations located toward the opposite end of the sociopolitical spectrum through an analysis of lithic data recovered...

Defining the Local Experience: A Distributional Analysis of Late Prehistoric Activities at the Topper Site (38AL23) (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 429670] Cayla Colclasure. Martin Walker. David Anderson.

During the summers of 2015 and 2016, University of Tennessee, Knoxville field schools conducted excavations on the hillside at the Topper Site (38AL23), in Allendale, South Carolina. This work represents a shifting focus away from the Paleoindian period toward the dense Mississippian and Woodland assemblages present at the site. Maps constructed utilizing QGIS document the distribution of artifacts and the arrangement of identified features in the two excavation blocks and dispersed 1x1 m...

Digging Ceren: Rounding up the Unusual Methods in Mesoamerican Household Archaeology (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 396790] Nan Gonlin.

The site of Cerén, El Salvador holds a unique place for Mesoamericanists conducting household archaeology. Its extraordinary preservation fuels the imagination like few other sites can. The fragile nature of this archaeological site requires hyper-alertness, combined with methods for properly extracting and preserving information. The material remains of this deep under-earth site come to light with only the most intensive of excavation methods, many of which are unlike those commonly used at...

Early village dwellings and the reproduction of South Andean formative communities (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 395495] Julian Salazar. Jordi A. López Lillo.

Agriculture was adopted by NW Argentina inhabitants around BP 3500 within a complex process of macroregional population reorganization, economic intensification and increase of territoriality. This transition was followed by a rapid introduction of large and solid buildings that became the major and most visible features in the village outlays after BP 2500. Thousands of multi round-room compounds were built and inhabited by several generations all over several high valleys, like Tafí, Anfama,...

Ethnoarchaeology of a Three Generation Yucatec Maya House Compound (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 404923] Bradley Russell. Kendra Farstad.

Since our team began work at the Ancient Maya political center of Mayapán (1150-1450), we have increasingly relied on insights derived from working with the modern residents of the nearby village of Telchaquillo, Yucatán. We have successfully applied the Direct Historical Approach to explore the function and remains of house groups, food production, lime plaster production and ritual activity. During the 2015 season of the Economic Foundations of Mayapán Project, we had the opportunity to...

The Evolution of Cooperative Labor within a Long-lived Housepit at the Bridge River site in British Columbia (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 430834] Ashley Hampton. Anna Marie Prentiss. Thomas A. Foor.

At the Bridge River site, British Columbia, evidence for intra-household cooperation appears to center within a time of village growth during late Bridge River 2 (ca.1500-1300 cal. BP) before collapsing into familial-based competitive behavior during Bridge River 3 (ca. 1300-1100 cal. BP). This shift from cooperation to competition occurs in tandem with a rise in inequality as the community experienced a Malthusian ceiling. Building on previous multivariate statistical approaches, further...

Figurines, Households, and Social Identities at La Blanca during the Middle Preclassic Period (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 405142] Karleen Ronsairo.

The development of social complexity in Ancient Mesoamerica during the Preclassic period is marked by ideological change, economic intensification, and increasing political and social inequality. Performing household rituals allowed the people of Ancient Mesoamerica to negotiate their social identities and to contest or conform to dominant public ideologies that emerged with increasing social complexity. In Pacific Guatemala, La Blanca was one of two major regional centers during the Middle...

"First Fruits" Household Foodways at the ca. 1638 Waterman Site House, Marshfield, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428842] Ross K. Harper. Sarah P. Sportman.

In "New England's First Fruits" published in 1643 in London, an anonymous author addressed various questions and misconceptions prospective colonists often had related to life in the colonies. The author assured readers there was an abundance of food that was "farre more faire pleasant and wholsome than here." While early chroniclers provide clues to the hardships of the early years of Plymouth Colony, very little detail about First Period foodways is known from documentary data and...

Founding House, Neighborhood, Village: Hunter-Gatherer Social Complexity at the Slocan Narrows Site, Upper Columbia River Area, Interior Pacific Northwest, North America (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 431618] Nathan Goodale. Alissa Nauman.

The Slocan Narrows site is a prehistoric pithouse village aggregation on the Slocan River, a tributary of the Upper Columbia River in the interior Pacific Northwest, North America. 14C dating of housepit deposits have revealed a complex occupational history, likely reflecting fluctuating demographic and habitation cycles beginning ca. 3100 cal BP continuing to approximately contact in the late 18th or early 19th centuries. Slocan Narrows was occupied through three millennia characterized by...

Fragments of the Past: Applying Microarchcaeological Techniques to House Floors at Tumilaca, Moquegua, Peru (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 403918] Bradley Parker.

For decades archaeologists have been trying to develop methodologies that will help them determine what activities took place in and around domestic structures. Since people tend to clean activity areas, especially those that are used repeatedly, visible artifacts like pottery, bones and stone tools are rarely discovered in the context where they were originally used. Instead, such artifacts are usually discovered in refuse heaps or other secondary contexts. Microarchaeology, the study of the...

From Household to Polity: (Dis)integration along the Ucí-Cansahcab Causeway in the Northern Maya Lowlands (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 431319] Barry Kidder. Scott Hutson. Jacob Welch. Daniel Vallejo-Cáliz. Shannon Plank.

Over the past decade, the Ucí-Cansahcab Regional Integration Project (UCRIP) has utilized multiples scales of analysis, from broad household excavations to large swathes of LiDAR collection, to examine the social processes of community (dis)integration of a polity in the northern Maya Lowlands. This polity, headed by Ucí, was integrated by an 18-km-long inter-site causeway system by the Terminal Preclassic and connected the emerging regional capital with three secondary sites. Extensive test...

The Groundstone Artifacts of Housepit 54, Bridge River Site, British Columbia (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 395790] Molly Eimers.

The people of the Middle Fraser Canyon traditionally used groundstone to accomplish a wide range of tasks spanning food processing to weaponry and ornamentation. Excavations of Housepit (HP) 54 at the Bridge River Site, British Columbia, in 2014 revealed an unexpectedly large sample of groundstone tools. Many items were apparently used, broken, and recycled as cooking rocks on select floors. This study draws from multiple data sources to define variability in the nature of groundstone tools...

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