Cooperative Bodies: Bioarchaeology and Non-ranked Societies
This collection contains the abstracts of the papers presented in the session entitled "Cooperative Bodies: Bioarchaeology and Non-ranked Societies," at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
Modern archaeologists and bioarchaeologists have increasingly integrated broad theoretical approaches to social aspects of human societies, addressing topics such as identity, post-mortem agency, colonization, community, and social complexity. Woven throughout these investigations have been themes concerning gender, class, and power to reexamine social inequalities built into hierarchical systems. However, as prior anthropological research has shown, not all societies are predicated on hierarchy (e.g., Albarracín-Jordán 2003; Becker 2017; Bondarenko 2005; Crumley 1987, 2005, 2007, 2012; Demarrais 2016; Juengst 2018; Kunen and Hughbanks 2003; Levy 2006; O’Reilly 2003; Von Goldammer et al. 2003). While not necessarily apart from linearly oriented or organized social structures, people negotiate their worlds through collaborative, cooperative, and heterarchical relationships, such as kinship networks, ritual ties, reciprocal trade relationships, household and community divisions of labor, among others.
This session will examine how humans cooperated to create and thrive in their worlds, and contribute new methods of inquiry to this important conversation, especially in our modern and sometimes divisive world. These data driven, theoretical papers use methods in mortuary archaeology and bioarchaeology and cover topics such as political alliances, gendered complementarity, landscape use, and queered archaeology, presenting global case studies of collaboration and cooperation in the past.
Bioarchaeology/Skeletal Analysis • Other • Mortuary archaeology • heterarchy • Power Relations and Inequality • Resilience and Sustainability • Mortuary Analysis • Diet • Archaic • Mogollon
North America (Continent) • United States of America (Country) • Kansas (State / Territory) • USA (Country) • New Mexico (State / Territory) • Oklahoma (State / Territory) • Arizona (State / Territory) • Texas (State / Territory) • Sonora (State / Territory) • Chihuahua (State / Territory)
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- Analyzing Stress, Discovering Cooperation: A case study of a Late Archaic sample from the Green River region of Kentucky (2019)
- Bioarchaeological and Mortuary Indicators of Social Order in Mimbres Society: Seated Burials, Occupational Stress, Health, and Trauma (2019)
- Bodies of Power: The Bioarchaeology of Cooperation (2019)
- Cooperation and Resilience at the ancient Maya site of Chan, Belize (2019)
- Exploring Cooperation and Hierarchy among Napoleonic Soldiers by Reconstructing Dietary Variation using Stable Isotope Analysis (2019)
- The Labor of Building a Community: Collective Organization and Mortuary Practices in Copper Age Iberia (2019)
- Nomadic Identity: The Origins of a Multiethnic Empire in Mongolia. (2019)
- Old Tomb, New Ancestors: Investigating the Role of a Preceramic Burial in Huarás Community Formation (2019)
- Questioning Complexity: Amulet Usage and Relational Ontologies in Hunter-Gatherers from Japan and Alaska (2019)
- Why Heterarchy? A View from the Tiwanaku State’s (AD 500-1100) Labor Force. (2019)
- Working, Living, and Dying Together: Rethinking Marginality, Sex, and Heterarchy in Kayenta Communities (AD 900-1150) (2019)