Models of Settlement Systems in Pre-Hispanic and Modern Mesoamerica

Lecture | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Mario Castillo, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk details collaborative work on settlement patterns in the Valle de Mezquital, Mexico, with scholars and descendant community members. The first an analysis of regional settlement ecology in the Tula region of Ancient Mesoamerica. The second is a survey of vernacular housing from Mexico's post-revolutionary period. In regards to Tula this presentation will discuss the development of a regional settlement database containing the location and attributes of residential sites drawing on full coverage surveys and other published material in order to investigate the relationships between the spatial arrangement of sites and spatial heterogeneity of the landscape through time. In regards to housing in Amealco, this presentation will discuss documentation of material remains of folk housing and interviews of dwelling experiences drawing on ethnoarchaeological fieldwork and post-field work content analysis to elaborate on the phenomenology of landscapes in rural farming communities in the area.