Visibility, Monumentality, and Community in the Chacoan Community at Kin Bineola, New Mexico

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Title:
Visibility, Monumentality, and Community in the Chacoan Community at Kin Bineola, New Mexico
Author:
Dungan, Katherine Ann
Issue Date:
2009
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
Chacoan great houses have been described as providing "ritual" or "integrative" venues and as "monumental" in scale and in the amount of labor required for their construction. This study takes the approach that part of the function of community, monumental, or ritual structures is to transmit meaning and that an examination of visibility connections between these structures and small habitation sites in the surrounding community may provide information about the role of these messages in daily practice. Survey data from the Chacoan community at Kin Bineola, New Mexico is analyzed in a GIS environment using a model of visibility and distance developed for this project. The results show that, contrary to expectations, the great house is much less visible than a less monumental "Chacoan structure." Shrines, small structures interpreted as having a ritual function, are by far the most visible, suggesting a more complex relationship between monumentality and visibility.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Chaco Canyon; GIS; viewshed; visibility
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Anthropology; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Mills, Barbara J
Committee Chair:
Mills, Barbara J

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleVisibility, Monumentality, and Community in the Chacoan Community at Kin Bineola, New Mexicoen_US
dc.creatorDungan, Katherine Annen_US
dc.contributor.authorDungan, Katherine Annen_US
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractChacoan great houses have been described as providing "ritual" or "integrative" venues and as "monumental" in scale and in the amount of labor required for their construction. This study takes the approach that part of the function of community, monumental, or ritual structures is to transmit meaning and that an examination of visibility connections between these structures and small habitation sites in the surrounding community may provide information about the role of these messages in daily practice. Survey data from the Chacoan community at Kin Bineola, New Mexico is analyzed in a GIS environment using a model of visibility and distance developed for this project. The results show that, contrary to expectations, the great house is much less visible than a less monumental "Chacoan structure." Shrines, small structures interpreted as having a ritual function, are by far the most visible, suggesting a more complex relationship between monumentality and visibility.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectChaco Canyonen_US
dc.subjectGISen_US
dc.subjectviewsheden_US
dc.subjectvisibilityen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorMills, Barbara Jen_US
dc.contributor.chairMills, Barbara Jen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAldenderfer, Marken_US
dc.contributor.committeememberChristopherson, Garyen_US
dc.identifier.proquest10472en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659752091en_US
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