Domestic Life in Prehispanic Capitals: A Study of Specialization, Hierarchy, and Ethnicity

Linda R. Manzanilla, Claude Chapdelaine, eds.

With major differences in size, urban plans, and population density, the capitals of New World states had large heterogeneous societies, sometimes multiethnic and highly specialized, making these cities amazing backdrops for complex interactions. What do their houses tell us about specialization, ethnicity, and hierarchy? This book explores these issues, reviewing case studies from Mesoamerica (such as Teotihuacan, Monte Albán, Xochicalco, Tula, Sayil, Chac, Tikal, and Copan) and South America (such as Tiwanaku, Huacas de Moche, Huari, Chan Chan, and Cuzco).

Includes contributions by Marshall Joseph Becker, Claude Chapdelaine, R. Alan Covey, Ernesto González Licón, Dan M. Healan, Julia A. Hendon, Kenneth G. Hirth, William H. Isbell, John W. Janusek, Linda R. Manzanilla, Joyce Marcus, Michael P. Smyth, and John R. Topic.

Order from the University of Michigan Press.

Publisher: Museum of Anthropology

Year of Publication: 2009

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Pages: 280

Price: $22

Print ISBN: 978-0-915703-71-5

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-951519-80-3

Monograph Series / Number: Memoirs No. 46

Tables / Illustrations: 16 tables, 121 illustrations