Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association: Craft Production and Domestic Economy in Ancient Mesoamerica Housework (Archaeologic

Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association: Craft Production and Domestic Economy in Ancient Mesoamerica Housework (Archaeologic

By: Kenneth G. Hirth (editor)Paperback

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Householdsare, without question, the most important social units in humansociety. They are interactive social units whose primary concern isthe day-to-day well being of their kith and kin. Householdsreproduce themselves and provide their members with the economic,psychological, and social resources necessary to live their lives.Although households vary enormously in size and organization, theyare the fundamental social settings in which families are definedand cultural values are transmitted through a range of domesticactivities and rituals. Despite their many functions, it is therange and productivity of their economic activities that determinethe success, survival and well being of their members. Householdsare the primary production and consumption units in society andprovide the vehicle through which resources are pooled, stored, anddistributed to their members. Survival and reproduction is theirbusiness and the work they do determines theirsuccess.

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Kenneth Hirth is a Professor of Anthropology at Penn State University. His primary research interest is in the development of socio-economic complexity, markets and craft production in ancient society. He has conducted long term field investigations at the site of Xochicalco,Mexico in addition to archaeological explorations in Honduras, Peru, and Turkey. He is currently investigating the structure of merchant commerce in prehispanic Mesoamerica.



1. Housework and Domestic Craft Production: An Introduction(Kenneth Hirth).

2. Craft Production, Household Diversification, and DomesticEconomy in Prehispanic Mesoamerica (Kenneth Hirth).


3. The Scale and Structure of Bitumen Processing in EarlyFormative Olmec Households (Carl J. Wendt).

4. Rethinking the Organization of Aztec Salt Production: ADomestic Perspective (Jason P. De Leon).

5. Multicrafting in Prehispanic Oaxaca (Andrew K. Balkanskyand Michelle M. Crossier).

6. Intermittent Crafting and Multicrafting at Xochicalco(Kenneth Hirth).

7. Peasant Artisans: Household Prismatic Blade Production in theZacapu, Region, Michoacan (Milpillas Phase 1200-1450 AD)(Veronique Darras).

8. Residential Pottery Production in Mesoamerica (ChristopherA. Pool).

9. Ceramics on the Side: Pottery Making as an Augmentation ofHousehold Economy in the Valley of Puebla during the FormativePeriod (Ronald A. Castanzo).


10. Production and Use of Orchid Adhesives in Aztec Mexico: TheDomestic Context (Frances F. Berdan, Edward A. Stark, andJeffrey D. Sahagun).

11. Intermittent Domestic Lapidary Production during the LateFormative Period at Nativitas, Tlaxcala, Mexico (Kenneth G.Hirth, Mari Carmen Serra Puche, Jesus Carlos Lascanco Arce, andJason De Leon).

12. Elite Household Multicrafting Specialization at 9N8, PatioH, Copan (Randolph J. Widmer).

13. Jade in Full: Prehispanic Domestic Production of WealthGoods in the Middle Motagua Valley, Guatemala (Erick T.Rochette).

14. Metal for the Commoners: Tarascan Metallurgical Productionin Domestic Contexts (Blanca Maldonado).


15. Bitumen, Blades, and Beads: Prehispanic Craft Production andthe Domestic Economy (Elizabeth M. Brumfiel and Deborah L.Nichols).

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  • publication date: 12/03/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781444336696
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 252
  • ID: 9781444336696
  • weight: 614
  • ISBN10: 144433669X

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