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On the Periphery of the Periphery

Household Archaeology at Hacienda San Juan Bautista Tabi, Yucatán, Mexico

  • Draws on specific, archaeological data drawn from households in the Yucatan to reveal insights into the daily lives of historical peoples

  • Explores the origin of the Hacienda system in the Yucatan from an archaeological perspective

  • Uses the Annales school concept of total history to relate the archaeological data of the individual to larger, regional and global historical trends

  • Includes supplementary material:


Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA, volume 3)

About this book


This volume examines the social and economic changes that characterized Yucatán, Mexico, circa the late 18th through early 19th centuries, as the region became increasingly articulated within global networks of exchange.  This work, utilizing archaeological, ethnohistorical, documentary, and oral history evidence, traces the economic and social effects that the rise and ultimate supremacy of capitalist organized production in the form of the hacienda system had on native Maya social organization in the northern Yucatán peninsula.  Archaeological investigations conducted on the grounds of the former Hacienda San Juan Bautista Tabi reveal how the local, expressed in material culture remains and the landscape of the hacienda, articulated with larger global processes to create change in the lives of those individuals incorporated within the hacienda system.  Fundamental shifts in the organization and relations of production led to new forms of domestic organization and new expressions of social status, wealth, and power within the physical and social landscape of the hacienda.  Using a total history approach, this volume explores how changes in the lives of the workers at the hacienda reflect historically particular local negotiations with the social, political, and economic realities of an evolving global system of capitalist based production, circulation, and consumption.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Social Sciences DepartmentMichigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA

About the authors

Sam Sweitz is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology and a faculty member of the Industrial Archaeology Program at Michigan Technological University.  His research focuses on the evolution and impact of the sugar industry in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Dr. Sweitz is particularly interested in how social change is related to the articulation of local people within global economic processes.   

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title On the Periphery of the Periphery
  • Book Subtitle Household Archaeology at Hacienda San Juan Bautista Tabi, Yucatán, Mexico
  • Authors Samuel Sweitz
  • Series Title Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-1495-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-0090-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-1496-4
  • Series ISSN 1574-0439
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 266
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
    Regional and Cultural Studies