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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759119208
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 11/16/2009
Series: Archaeology in Society Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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 Ucí-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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