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The Life-Giving Stone: Ethnoarchaeology Of Maya Metates [Review], Jennifer P. Mathews Oct 2013

The Life-Giving Stone: Ethnoarchaeology Of Maya Metates [Review], Jennifer P. Mathews

Sociology & Anthropology Faculty Research

This volume attempts to get at the interpretations of the archaeological record from the back-end by studying the modern Maya metate life cycle, including procurement, production, acquisition, use and discard. The author spent two years in Guatemala conducting ethnographic research with metate producers and users in three Maya communities. It is through this rich research that he greatly expands our understanding of metates by providing background of their complexity through several avenues. For example, he documents contemporary gifting traditions, noting that families still give metates as wedding gifts to couples, even as their use decreases with the presence of electric ...


Houses In A Landscape: Memory And Everyday Life In Mesoamerica [Review], Jennifer P. Mathews Jan 2013

Houses In A Landscape: Memory And Everyday Life In Mesoamerica [Review], Jennifer P. Mathews

Sociology & Anthropology Faculty Research

Using the material remains found in and around ancient Maya domestic spaces in three settlements in Honduras, Hendon examines how aspects of everyday life, rather than ritual and commemoration, transform these shared spaces into ‘places of memory’. She argues that social memory is a reconstructive process and that human groups re-envision the past in light of present circumstances. Social memory – or what she refers to as ‘memory communities' – would have involved an interaction with the remains of the dead, buried within the context of their social spaces. In other words, memory is an active process that binds people together through ...