Evaluating the cultural origins of complexity in the Ancestral Pueblo world. Matthew Alexander Chamberlin

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Evaluating the cultural origins of complexity in the Ancestral Pueblo world.  by  Matthew Alexander Chamberlin

Evaluating the cultural origins of complexity in the Ancestral Pueblo world. by Matthew Alexander Chamberlin
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In the Ancestral Pueblo world, complexity of a unique kind is documented late in prehistory, characterized by domain-specific leadership, corporate organization, and strong emphasis placed upon cultural conformity. This dissertation seeks toMoreIn the Ancestral Pueblo world, complexity of a unique kind is documented late in prehistory, characterized by domain-specific leadership, corporate organization, and strong emphasis placed upon cultural conformity.

This dissertation seeks to understand the early roots of this complexity in one part of the Pueblo world, the Salinas Pueblo Province. Whereas archaeologists often look to increased demographic scale to explain these origins, social theory offers an alternative perspective, that views agents production of culture within unique social fields as constitutive of complexity.

In the Salinas Pueblo Province, I evaluate the dynamics of social fields based on archaeological evidence of agents strategies in religious performance, iconographic representation, and social interaction during the Pueblo III and early Pueblo IV periods (A.D. 1100-1350). I propose that conservative trends in these domains are consistent with the rise of cultural producers, comprising sets of actors who gained prominence through the interpretation of traditions and promotion of uniform cultural expression, and suggest that these agents strategies fostered elements of the distinctive corporate complexity documented in more elaborate form later in Pueblo history.



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