Dwelling, Identity, and the Maya: Relational Archaeology at Chunchucmil

Dwelling, Identity, and the Maya: Relational Archaeology at Chunchucmil

by Scott R. Hutson University of Kentucky

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Dwelling, Identity, and the Maya offers a new perspective on the ancient Maya that emphasizes the importance of dwelling as a social practice. Contrary to contemporary notions of the self as individual and independent, the identities of the ancient Maya grew from their everyday relations and interactions with other people, the houses and temples they built, and the objects they created, exchanged, cherished, and left behind. Using excavations of ancient Chunchucmil as a case study, it investigates how Maya personhood was structured and transformed in and beyond the domestic sphere and examines the role of the past in the production of contemporary Maya identity.

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ISBN-13: 9780759119222
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 11/16/2009
Series: Archaeology in Society
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 920,452
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Scott R. Hutson is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Kentucky. He has been co-director of the Chunchucmil project since 2004 and is currently directing the Uc'-Cansahcab Sacbe project.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Conceptual Frameworks for Relational Subjects
Chapter 3. Background on Chunchucmil
Chapter 4. Personal Interactions: Gender, Age, Status, and Food
Chapter 5. Materiality: Knowledge, Biography and the Social Life of Things
Chapter 6. Moving Encounters: Circulation, Monumentality and Embodiment
Chapter 7. Being and Mayaness: The Past in the Production of Contemporary Identity
Chapter 8. Conclusion

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