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

Author(s): Peiyu Chen

Year: 2015


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 location of largest dwelling. On the other hand, the nature of west sector didn't change significantly, while the dispersed dwellings in phase 1 became better connected through patios in phase 2 occupation. The comparison of dwelling size shows that there was no significant difference between the two sectors in phase 1 and there is a tendency that east sector had larger dwelling area than west sector in the latter occupation.

The result of comparison not only depicts a possible social differentiation, but implies various social strategies taken by different households: the rich households tried to isolate themselves from others and regular households tended to incorporate themselves into a larger corporate group in the settlement.

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Dwellings and Corporate Groups in Montegrande, Jequetepeque Valley, Peru: A Household Study of Social Differentiation. Peiyu Chen. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398062)

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Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;