In the shadows of the big houses: non-elite settlements at Uxbenka
Schrag, Amber C. (2008). In the shadows of the big houses: non-elite settlements at Uxbenka . In Proceedings: 4th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.35-36
Households inform us about social relationships in ways public-centered research might exclude. Studies of non-elite settlements also bring attention to the rich diversity that characterized pre-Columbian society. Surprisingly little is known about Maya commoners despite the recent influx of studies that address the residential areas of sites. Even less work of this type has been done in southern Belize where Uxbenká, the site studied, is located. Uxbenká’s settlement system is characteristic of Maya sites, and includes residences, ancillary structures, burials, modified landscape features surrounding the household and related gardens and agricultural areas. Excavations were conducted in 2007 to assess the temporal occupation and functional use of space at one non-elite residential group at the site. The data collected are compared with other residential excavations conducted at Uxbenká and with other sites aiding in the development of a more comprehensive and contextual view of the occupation of the site. The 2007 excavations and analysis of this residential group settlement offer a fundamental component to our basic knowledge of the site.
Paper presented to the 4th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, April 25, 2008.
Research completed at the Department of Anthropology, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences