Pre-Columbian monumentalism and social structuration: geospatial modelling of relative accessibility as a proxy for emergent territoriality among the southern proto-Jê
Author(s): Phil Riris
How did southern proto-Jê mound and enclosure complexes (MECs) in the eastern La Plata basin structure their social landscapes? MECs possess a broad geographical distribution from the banks of the Rio Paraná to the Atlantic mountains of southern Brazil, as well as a variety of configurations, relative densities, and sizes. Discussions of their functions have emphasized their implications for the perception of social inclusion/exclusion among the groups that constructed them. Archaeological evidence from them has been linked to the emergence of kin-based socio-political hierarchies, based on commensal relations established through feasting practices.
To date, however, the effect and presence of MECs in their broader environmental settings has not been studied through formal and statistically robust spatial analytical techniques. This research employs simulation and modelling in order to enable the analysis of the relative accessibility of MECs, and, describe their relationship to their social environment in clearer terms. Ultimately, the goal will be to establish a framework within which competing hypotheses on the interpretation of the material record may be tested. The findings of the simulations are placed within the context of our archaeological understanding of pre-Columbian complexification and anthropological explorations of territoriality. Correlations with settlement data are also proposed.
SAA 2015 abstracts made available in tDAR courtesy of the Society for American Archaeology and Center for Digital Antiquity Collaborative Program to improve digital data in archaeology. If you are the author of this presentation you may upload your paper, poster, presentation, or associated data (up to 3 files/30MB) for free. Please visit http://www.tdar.org/SAA2015 for instructions and more information.
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
- Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015) •
- From pollen to pottery: new insights on the interplay of society and environment in South America during the last 2000 years
Cite this Record
Pre-Columbian monumentalism and social structuration: geospatial modelling of relative accessibility as a proxy for emergent territoriality among the southern proto-Jê. Phil Riris. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395205)
min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;