Living in the city: Settlement patterns and the urban experience at classic period Chunchucmil, Yucatan, Mexico

Aline Magnoni, Scott R. Hutson, Bruce H. Dahlin

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Abstract

In this paper we illustrate the distinctive settlement patterns of the city of Chunchucmil during its largest occupation in the middle of the Classic period (a.d. 400-650). The unusually dense urban settlement showcased a network of boundary walls and chichbes surrounding residential groups and narrow streets winding between the tightly bounded houselots. Using a sample of 392 completely and unambiguously bounded houselots, we review the basic characteristics, the structural composition, and variability of late Early Classic and early Late Classic residential groups. Then, we explore how these city dwellers may have experienced their urban environment. Our focus is on understanding how the material aspects of the socially constructed space affected people's practices and how this materiality helped create and define specific household identities as well as extra-household social bonds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-343
Number of pages31
JournalAncient Mesoamerica
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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