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Beads Associated with Infant Jar Burials/Supine Child Burials: Evidence of Social Inequality in Early Ifugao Culture

Author(s): Wendy Layco ; Madeleine Yakal

Year: 2017

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Beads have been used as social markers in many Southeast Asian cultures. The Ifugao Archaeological Project excavations conducted between 2011 and 2012 recovered beads associated with infant jar burials at Old Kiyyangan Village, an early Ifugao site in the Philippines. Preliminary analysis shows that prestige beads were concentrated in burials located near the center of the village. Case studies from Southeast Asian sites in Thailand and Cambodia show similar distributions of material types and locations, allowing inferences about social ranking. The concentration of non-local goods suggests social ranking was in effect during the occupation of Old Kiyyangan Village and, therefore, the precolonial social structure of Ifugao was stratified before European contact.


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Beads Associated with Infant Jar Burials/Supine Child Burials: Evidence of Social Inequality in Early Ifugao Culture. Wendy Layco, Madeleine Yakal. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430204)


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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17184

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America