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in memory of
Pierre Robert Colas


Volume XXXVIII, No. 2, April 2016

mexicon 38/2
Contents

Els Barnard
Living in mud houses: exploring the materiality of Formative Mesoamerican domestic structures

Gary M. Feinman, Linda M. Nicholas, Heather A. Lapham, Ricardo Higelin Ponce de León, Jorge Ríos Allier, and Christopher Morehart
Broadening the Context for Classic period Lambityeco, Oaxaca: New Discoveries from 2013-2015




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Els Barnard
Living in mud houses: exploring the materiality of Formative Mesoamerican domestic structures

Archaeological evidence shows that mud was an important construction material for houses throughout Mesoamerica during the Formative period (2000 B.C. - A.D. 300). In this paper, research on the materiality of adobe and wattle and daub in combination with information on relevant case studies is shown to provide significant insights into the daily lives of Formative Mesoamerican people. The materiality of the house determined not only the efforts needed for construction, but also influenced what houses looked like, the ways in which climate was managed, the lifespan of a house, the ways in which houses were torn down and rebuilt, and even identity-building. While there is still a lack of research into the subject of house materiality in Mesoamerican archaeology, it is clear that a great deal of information can be gained by studying the materiality of daily life.

Gary M. Feinman, Linda M. Nicholas, Heather A. Lapham, Ricardo Higelin Ponce de León, Jorge Ríos Allier, and Christopher Morehart
Broadening the Context for Classic period Lambityeco, Oaxaca: New Discoveries from 2013-2015

We report on the principal findings from three recent seasons of archaeological excavation at Lambityeco, Oaxaca, Mexico. New discoveries include a large ballcourt, which was remodeled during its occupational history. Our findings reflect on the Late Classic period founding of Lambityeco and its shifting relation with the region's largest center, Monte Albán.