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By Bradley E. Ensor

ISBN-10: 0817317856

ISBN-13: 9780817317850

By contextualizing sessions and their kinship habit in the total political economic climate, Crafting Prehispanic Maya Kinship offers an instance of the way archaeology may help to give an explanation for the formation of disparate periods and kinship styles inside of an historic state-level society.

Bradley E. Ensor offers a brand new theoretical contribution to Maya ethnographic, ethnohistoric, and archaeological study. instead of working completely as a symbolic order unobservable to archaeologists, kinship, in keeping with Ensor, varieties concrete social family that constitution everyday life and will be mirrored within the fabric continues to be of a society. Ensor argues that using cross-culturally pointed out and proven fabric signs of postmarital place of dwelling and descent staff association permit archaeologists—those with the main direct fabric facts on prehispanic Maya social organization—to overturn a conventional reliance on competing and not easy ethnohistorical models.
Using fresh facts from an arch aeological venture in the Chontalpa Maya area of Tabasco, Mexico, Ensor illustrates how archaeologists can interpret and clarify the range of kinship habit and its impression on gender inside any given Maya social formation.

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As illustrated by the dashed boxes in Fig­ure 1, most of the data behind the non-­unilineal interpretations were published prior to the 1950s, whereas most of the patrilineal interpretations were based on new data published periodically through­ out the century. The history of research on ancient Maya kinship demonstrates an impressive inclusive use of ethno­graphi­cal, ethnohis­tori­cal, and ar­chaeo­logi­ cal data (Fig­ure 1). Practically all of the major models combine at least two of these sources of data for mutual support.

We now know that the Kariera sys­tem is purely patrilineal, that the “moieties” are a conceptual tool for the anthropologists trying to make sense of it, and that the Kariera did not practice cross-­cousin marriage. But at the time, Lounsbury’s interpretation led Coe (1965) to reexamine Roy’s data, resulting in the interpretation of double descent, and, by extension, the interpretation of both Ancient Maya Kinship Studies / 17 patrilineal and matrilineal descent groups. Furthermore, Coe brought forth the observation that some 16th-­century Yucatec towns and precolumbian Maya centers have a quadripartite spatial division.

The following does not attempt to describe the different kinship models—the subject of Chapter 2—but instead is intended to provide a better understanding of the history of thought on this subject. In the following his­tori­cal outline, different periods are distinguished by the introduction of new perspectives and interpretations and by their relationships with broader trends in anthropological theory. As the reader will observe, during any given “period” of interpretation there were multiple, competing models and debates.

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