Access, Accumulation, and Action: The Relationship between Architectural and Depositional Patterns at Homol’ovi I
Author(s): Samantha Fladd
Throughout its occupation, Homol’ovi I, a Pueblo IV site in northeastern Arizona, underwent continuous alteration reflecting the movement of groups both internally and externally. The constant attention to rebuilding, redirecting, and resurfacing rooms and the meticulous patterning of depositional material within structures indicate a continued endeavor to reform the built environment to better reflect the identities, needs, and memories of the current residents. In order to analyze the relationship between occupied and closed space at the site, a theoretical and methodological framework, social syntax, was developed. This involved the combination of multiple theories to track shifts through space and time in architectural access and closure activities involving the filling of structures with sediment and artifacts. Specifically, social syntax combines tenets of spatial syntax, practice theory, behavioral archaeology, and social memory to address the negotiated use of space through time. In this paper, three room blocks from Homol’ovi I are analyzed to discuss the complex relationships within the site and their impact on the use of space. In particular, the patterning of architectural and depositional choices is examined to better understand identity as it pertains to power dynamics across the site.
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Access, Accumulation, and Action: The Relationship between Architectural and Depositional Patterns at Homol’ovi I. Samantha Fladd. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395422)
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