Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2001

Department

Anthropology

Abstract

Studies of the settlement pattern in the Copan Valley, Honduras, indicate that a House society model provides the best way to understand the social organization of the Late Classic period Maya. The House society model, based on Levi-Strauss's original work but since modified by anthropologists and archaeologists, does not replace household archaeology. Instead, the model allows archaeologists to discuss the continuation of social identity over time.

Comments

Revised version of a paper presented at the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, in the session, "Modeling Classic Maya Social Organization: Approaches, Data, and Implications," in Washington, DC, in 2001.

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