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Anthropology

Architecture

2013

Trinity University

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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 ...