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Honduran Figurines and Whistles in Social Context

Jeanne Lopiparo and Julia A. Hendon

in Mesoamerican Figurines

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033303
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039350 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033303.003.0003
Honduran Figurines and Whistles in Social Context

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A wide collection of ceramic figural artifacts were found during the excavations held at the northwestern Honduras' lower Ulúa valley at five Late to Terminal Classic period sites. To be able to address issues regarding use, production, and social meaning, evidence from large contemporary habitation sites are compared with those of smaller communities. Examining the evidence reveals how there may have been several production locales, that the figurines and whistles had different uses in various ritual events on various social scales, and that the sites were attributed with varied uses and imagery. These artifacts suggest that meaning develops from how participation in social events and practices contribute to how social relations and identities are renewed.

Keywords: Ulúa valley; Late Classic period; Terminal Classic period; social relations; meaning; social practices and events; imagery; uses

Chapter.  7809 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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