Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 5–29

Unintended Consequences? Monumentality as a Novel Experience in Formative Mesoamerica

  • Rosemary A. Joyce

DOI: 10.1023/B:JARM.0000014346.87569.4a

Cite this article as:
Joyce, R.A. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2004) 11: 5. doi:10.1023/B:JARM.0000014346.87569.4a


To contribute to creation of a model for the initial steps in monumental construction in Formative period Mesoamerica (ca. 1100–700 B.C.), this article employs concepts from theories of structuration. It treats evidence of differential durability of construction materials as sources of insight on possible intended and unintended consequences of the construction of earthen platforms by the generations of people who lived through these new construction projects. It explores the changes in spatiality, connection to place, and materialization of time at multiple scales that these construction projects produced.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosemary A. Joyce
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley