Posted by: Johan Normark | September 1, 2009

World Archaeology article

My article The making of a home: assembling houses at Nohcacab, Mexico, has now been published in World Archaeology (The Archaeology of Buildings), Volume 41, Issue 3, 2009, pp. 430-444. Here is the abstract:

DeLanda’s assemblage theory makes it possible to study assemblages like houses, households, organizations and lineages from a flat ontology where materialities and immaterialities are analyzed with the same basic tools. Houses are assemblages consisting of heterogeneous parts that form a functional and expressive whole that is different from its parts. Humans are parts of house assemblages and generate other assemblages extending beyond the physical territory of the buildings themselves. The buildings in the major household assemblage at the small, but densely settled, site of Nohcacab in Quintana Roo, Mexico, are used to show the workings of the multi-scalar assemblage approach. This household consists of smaller parts (artifacts, construction materials and different buildings) and it was part of greater assemblages (community, a nearby causeway system and trade networks).

I have planned two more articles for World Archaeology. We’ll see if I can put them together.

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