Exploring Mimbres Social Memory through Burials and Architecture

Author(s): Alison Livesay

Year: 2017


Social memory has become a topic of increasing investigation in the field of archaeology. While social memory in archaeology can often be very theoretical and abstract, it can also be very tangible and concrete in its archaeological manifestations. In this poster, I illustrate various social memory practices with specific emphasis on the reference process, strengths of associations, and intimacy past peoples had with their history as observed in architecture and burials in the Mimbres region of southwestern New Mexico. I look diachronically at the superposition of structures over earlier structures, when and where intrusive burials placed into areas of earlier occupation occur, and how different roomblocks, corporate groups and site participants might have interpreted the past and referenced it for the present and perceived future. This approach observes the physical links that architectural superposition has with the past, and how Mimbres groups interacted with their deceased ancestors and places formerly occupied by the now dead. Through this lens, we gain a unique perspective concerning how a group’s perceptions and performances of the past are played out on the Mimbres landscape and over time. This research contributes to the discussion of both group and "place" formation, maintenance, and "abandonment."

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Exploring Mimbres Social Memory through Burials and Architecture. Alison Livesay. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429400)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17056