In Ancient Households of the Americas archaeologists
investigate the fundamental role of household production in
ancient, colonial, and contemporary households.
Several different cultures-Iroquois, Coosa, Anasazi, Hohokam,
San Agustín, Wankarani, Formative Gulf Coast Mexico, and Formative,
Classic, Colonial, and contemporary Maya-are analyzed through the
lens of household archaeology in concrete, data-driven case
studies. The text is divided into three sections: Section I
examines the spatial and social organization and context of
household production; Section II looks at the role and results of
households as primary producers; and Section III investigates the
role of, and interplay among, households in their greater political
and socioeconomic communities.
In the past few decades, household archaeology has made
substantial contributions to our understanding and explanation of
the past through the documentation of the household as a social
unit-whether small or large, rural or urban, commoner or elite.
These case studies from a broad swath of the Americas make
Ancient Households of the Americas extremely valuable for
continuing the comparative interdisciplinary study of
Subjects: Sociology, Archaeology
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