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Ancient Households of the Americas: Conceptualizing What Households Do
edited by John G. Douglass and Nancy Gonlin
by Nancy Gonlin
University Press of Colorado, 2012
eISBN: 978-1-60732-174-3 | Cloth: 978-1-60732-173-6 | Paper: 978-1-60732-538-3
Library of Congress Classification E59.D9A63 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 970.00497

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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 households.



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