Housing and Society at Teotihuacan

Author(s): Michael Smith

Year: 2016


Housing at Teotihuacan took several forms, including apartment compounds, nonroyal palaces, residential quarters within civic structures, and perishable houses. I describe several approaches and methods that have been, or could be, applied to the analysis Teotihuacan housing. These include quantitative measures of wealth inequality using the Gini index; typological analysis of the forms of rooms, spaces, and compounds; measures of architectural standardization; distributions of surface artifacts collected by the Teotihuacan Mapping Project; and a more productive use of empirical theory and concepts of space, planning, and layout. As a unique form of urban housing in world history, the apartment compounds (and other residences of Teotihuacan) have much to teach scholars about urban life and society in the ancient city.

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Housing and Society at Teotihuacan. Michael Smith. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403540)


Houses inequality Urban

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