Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh
Yaxha Household Dataset
This dataset complements the dissertation Cosmology and Society: Household Ritual Among the Terminal Classic Maya People of Yaxha (ca. A.D. 850-950), Guatemala by Laura Lucía Gámez Díaz (which can be freely downloaded from the University of Pittsburgh's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Database). It provides detailed data on ceramic and lithic materials excavated within the patios of residential units at the site of Yaxha, Northeastern Guatemala. The data are discussed in full in the dissertation, whose contents are as follows:
- Chapter 1: Studying Strategies of Interaction with the Dynastic Cosmology through Household Ritual at Yaxha
- Chapter 2: Methods: Information Sources and Field Research
- Chapter 3: Yaxha: The Lords of the Blue Water
- Chapter 4: Yaxha's Residential Units: Development and Status Differentiation
- Chapter 5: Architectural Layout and Symbolism
- Chapter 6: Ritual Feasting
- Chapter 7: Funerary Rituals
- Chapter 8: Caching and Scattering: Dedication and Termination Burials
- Chapter 9: Ritual Paraphernalia
- Chapter 10: Concluding Remarks: Cosmology and Society in Changing Times
- Chapter 11: References Cited
Funding to collect the data presented here was provided by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (Award No. GR8022), and a Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Grant (Award No. 1029358).
Gámez Díaz, Laura Lucía (2013) Cosmology and Society: Household Ritual Among the Terminal Classic Maya People of Yaxha (ca. A.D. 850-950), Guatemala. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.
Gámez Díaz, Laura Lucía (2021) Yaxha Household Dataset. Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh. URL: <http://www.cadb.pitt.edu>.
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Numeric data are provided in two file formats. Comma-delimited text files should be easy to import into spreadsheet, database, and statistical programs for manipulation and analysis. Excel spreadsheets are easier to browse, and can also be imported into many programs. The numeric data files are as follows:
|Ceramic inventory: Sherd counts by residential unit, type and period.||Lithic inventory: Counts of lithic artifacts by residential unit, type and period.|
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