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Platform Architecture and Activity Patterns in an Early Mesoamerican Village in Chiapas, Mexico

Richard G. Lesure
Journal of Field Archaeology
Vol. 26, No. 4 (Winter, 1999), pp. 391-406
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
DOI: 10.2307/530701
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/530701
Page Count: 16
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Platform Architecture and Activity Patterns in an Early Mesoamerican Village in Chiapas, Mexico
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Abstract

Archaeologists working on early sedentary societies regularly face the problem of interpreting unusual buildings. Were such special structures public buildings or high-status residences? One reason for continued debate may be that in some instances, categorical distinctions between ceremonial and residential structures were poorly developed even though there is plenty of evidence for ritual activity. The solution proposed here is to build descriptive models of the organization of activity with respect to architecture for particular archaeological cases. That approach is applied to the analysis of a newly excavated platform at the early village site of Paso de la Amada in Chiapas, Mexico.

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