On the Periphery of the Periphery

Household Archaeology at Hacienda San Juan Bautista Tabi, Yucatán, Mexico

  • Sam R. Sweitz

Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA, volume 3)

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This volume examines the social and economic changes that characterized Yucatán, Mexico, circa the late 18th through early 19th centuries, as the region became increasingly articulated within global networks of exchange.  This work, utilizing archaeological, ethnohistorical, documentary, and oral history evidence, traces the economic and social effects that the rise and ultimate supremacy of capitalist organized production in the form of the hacienda system had on native Maya social organization in the northern Yucatán peninsula.  Archaeological investigations conducted on the grounds of the former Hacienda San Juan Bautista Tabi reveal how the local, expressed in material culture remains and the landscape of the hacienda, articulated with larger global processes to create change in the lives of those individuals incorporated within the hacienda system.  Fundamental shifts in the organization and relations of production led to new forms of domestic organization and new expressions of social status, wealth, and power within the physical and social landscape of the hacienda.  Using a total history approach, this volume explores how changes in the lives of the workers at the hacienda reflect historically particular local negotiations with the social, political, and economic realities of an evolving global system of capitalist based production, circulation, and consumption.


annales concept and archaeology archaeology of the hacienda system cultural heritage of the Hacienda system household archaeology of the Yucatan origins of the Hacienda system

Authors and affiliations

  • Sam R. Sweitz
    • 1
  1. 1., Social Sciences DepartmentMichigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA

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