From Hohokam Archaeology to Narratives of the Ancient Hawaiian ‘State’

Author(s): James Bayman

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Why Platform Mounds? Part 2: Regional Comparisons and Tribal Histories" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Interpreting the political economies of early complex societies that lacked texts is a profoundly difficult challenge for anthropological archaeology. Such models compel archaeologists to examine material evidence of agricultural intensification, community organization, craft specialization, monumental construction, and mortuary practices. In this comparative study, I consider such evidence to examine the political economies of ancient societies in two regions: the Arizona desert and the Hawaiian archipelago. A comparison of archaeology in the two regions confirms that Southwestern scholars have underestimated the degree of social stratification among the Hohokam -- if we accept claims that ancient ‘states’ developed in the Hawaiian Islands. This finding underscores the limitations of using conventional archaeological correlates to characterize ancient societies elsewhere in the world.

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From Hohokam Archaeology to Narratives of the Ancient Hawaiian ‘State’. James Bayman. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451564)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -124.365; min lat: 25.958 ; max long: -93.428; max lat: 41.902 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 23156