The Social Construction of Communities: Agency, Structure, by Mark D. Varien, James M. Potter, James R. Allison, Jeffrey

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We suggest that variation in house appearance was the result of immigrant households from various origins actively working to establish and signal their identities. Some did this by harkening back to Basketmaker II times through the construction of cribbed roofs and the placement of their houses next to ancient Basketmaker II sites. One of the most effective ways to legitimize one’s claim to a landscape and create an identity that is rooted in tradition is to reference the remote past through architectural style, effectively signaling a historical connection—whether real or fictive—to place.

2002). At the late Pueblo I McPhee Village, near Dolores, Colorado, San Juan Red Ware bowls apparently were used as serving bowls in “potluck”-style feasting, which occurred in or near oversized pit structures (Blinman 1989). Residents of these large structures apparently hosted feasts at which hunted game animals, particularly jackrabbits, were an important food (Potter 1997, 2000; Potter and Ortman 2004). The residents of McPhee Village used San Juan Red Ware vessels in a variety of domestic contexts, as red ware sherds are widely dispersed throughout the village, but the unusual concentration of red ware in middens associated with oversized pit structures suggests that they also used them to bring food to these communal gatherings.

Extramural hearths, roasting features, middens, and human burials are also commonly found at these habitations, and these are often contained within an enclosure made of posts, adobe, and/or cobbles. Within this basic framework, though, there is notable variation. Culture-historical models that have been proposed for the area have not adequately explained this variation, and we suggest that a model that takes human agency into account may have greater success. 3). The Piedra culture area typically contains sites with square or 24 James M.

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