Characterizing Community-Center (Village) Formation in the VEP Study Area, <span class="smallCaps">a.d.</span> 600–1280

Donna M. Glowacki and Scott G. Ortman

in Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780520270145
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951990 | DOI:
Characterizing Community-Center (Village) Formation in the VEP Study Area, a.d. 600–1280

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This chapter describes the cycles of aggregation and dissolution of the largest villages in the VEP study area. Because these villages were often central nodes among a number of smaller settlements and contained civic-ceremonial architecture used for large gatherings, these villages have been termed “community centers.” We assess how the location, types of civic-ceremonial architecture, and association with agricultural land changed over time for these villages. A detailed history of the development and abandonment of community centers provides important context for understanding the differences between the two periods of out-migration that occurred during the occupation of the study area.

Keywords: community center; aggregation; civic-ceremonial architecture; paleoproductivity; villages; Pueblo I; Pueblo III; Chaco; depopulation; population; cycles; architecture; survey; Village Ecodynamics Project

Chapter.  12829 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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