Ethnoarchaeology, Domesticity, and Place Making among the Maya

Author(s): Virginia Ochoa-Winemiller

Year: 2017


Using an ethnoarchaeological approach, this paper explores the nature of the domestic built environment of rural Yucatan. Data from four Maya communities is used to assess the various mechanisms involved in the design and use of household architecture and test the assumption of cultural continuity in Maya housing from the ancient past to modern times. Geographic Information system-based analysis revealed spatial variations in number, shape, and construction materials of structures. Assessment of qualitative data showed a pattern of bounded extended families involved in the building of structures and space organization to establish a sense of of community reminiscent to the 16th Century Cah.

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Ethnoarchaeology, Domesticity, and Place Making among the Maya. Virginia Ochoa-Winemiller. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431471)


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14838