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Ours and Theirs: Chapels and Community Dynamics at Rancho Kiuic, Yucatán, México

Author(s): Maggie Morgan-Smith

Year: 2017

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Drawing on recent excavation and oral history data from the site of Rancho Kiuic, this paper will compare information related to two chapels located within the community. Formerly known as San Sebastián, the community functioned from the late Colonial to National periods as a ranching operation occupied by several generations of Maya-speaking landowners and laborers. Though the two chapels (Capillas I and II) share a number of structural and temporal characteristics, their respective locations, assemblages, and oral histories suggest that they served different sectors of Rancho society. I argue that differences in the uses and material signatures of these two chapel complexes lend insight into community dynamics, specifically related to socioeconomic distinctions among the Rancho’s population.

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Ours and Theirs: Chapels and Community Dynamics at Rancho Kiuic, Yucatán, México. Maggie Morgan-Smith. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431975)


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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): 17365

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