Figuring Out Figurines: An Ontological Approach to Hohokam Anthropomorphic Figurines from the Phoenix Basin

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Title:
Figuring Out Figurines: An Ontological Approach to Hohokam Anthropomorphic Figurines from the Phoenix Basin
Author:
Aragon, Leslie D.
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © 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.
Abstract:
Anthropologists, and increasingly archaeologists, are using the word 'ontology' with escalating frequency. In Philosophy, where it originated, several subdivisions exist within the discipline, all of which deal with grouping things that exist into categories. What can archaeologists learn by taking this concept from philosophy and applying it to archaeology? Further, how do we recognize the ontologies of others, particularly those who did not leave a written record, in the archaeological record? The way that people categorize things plays a role in how they are disposed. Patterns in depositional practices emerge as visible traces in the archaeological record that allow us to recognize other people's ontologies. This is an important concept for archaeologists interested in addressing prehistoric value, since the value of a given object cannot be assessed without knowing how people in the past categorized things. In my work with anthropomorphic Hohokam figurines from the Phoenix Basin, I use an ontological approach to explore the life histories of figurines from their manufacture, through deposition in the archaeological record, and subsequent excavation in modern times. I then compare the figurine assemblage from recent excavations at La Villa (AZ T:12:148[ASM]) to see how it fits in the identified pattern.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Hohokam; La Villa; Ontology; Phoenix Basin; Southwest; Anthropology; Figurines
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Anthropology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Mills, Barbara J.

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleFiguring Out Figurines: An Ontological Approach to Hohokam Anthropomorphic Figurines from the Phoenix Basinen_US
dc.creatorAragon, Leslie D.en_US
dc.contributor.authorAragon, Leslie D.en_US
dc.date.issued2013-
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.abstractAnthropologists, and increasingly archaeologists, are using the word 'ontology' with escalating frequency. In Philosophy, where it originated, several subdivisions exist within the discipline, all of which deal with grouping things that exist into categories. What can archaeologists learn by taking this concept from philosophy and applying it to archaeology? Further, how do we recognize the ontologies of others, particularly those who did not leave a written record, in the archaeological record? The way that people categorize things plays a role in how they are disposed. Patterns in depositional practices emerge as visible traces in the archaeological record that allow us to recognize other people's ontologies. This is an important concept for archaeologists interested in addressing prehistoric value, since the value of a given object cannot be assessed without knowing how people in the past categorized things. In my work with anthropomorphic Hohokam figurines from the Phoenix Basin, I use an ontological approach to explore the life histories of figurines from their manufacture, through deposition in the archaeological record, and subsequent excavation in modern times. I then compare the figurine assemblage from recent excavations at La Villa (AZ T:12:148[ASM]) to see how it fits in the identified pattern.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectHohokamen_US
dc.subjectLa Villaen_US
dc.subjectOntologyen_US
dc.subjectPhoenix Basinen_US
dc.subjectSouthwesten_US
dc.subjectAnthropologyen_US
dc.subjectFigurinesen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorMills, Barbara J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFish, Paulen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWatson, Jamesen_US
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