Mimbres Life and Society
The Mattocks Site of Southwestern New Mexico
Mimbres pueblos, as early examples of people using surface room blocks, are ideal for investigating questions about how and why people moved from earlier subterranean pit structures to aboveground room blocks. The authors consider the number of households living at the site before and after the transition, as well as the lack of evidence for subsistence intensification and population growth as causes of this transition. These analyses suggest that each room block on the site housed a single family as opposed to multiple families, the more common interpretation. There were not necessarily more households on the site during the Classic period than earlier.
Patricia A. Gilman and Steven A. LeBlanc spent five seasons excavating at the Mattocks site and many more analyzing and writing about Mattocks site data. They note that subtle social differences among people were at play, and they emphasize that the Mattocks site may be unique among Mimbres pueblos in many aspects. Mimbres Life and Society reveals broad-ranging implications for southwestern archaeologists and anyone interested in understanding the ancient Southwest and early village societies.
“It is a valuable case study of an important Southwestern culture that is just now beginning to be understood.”—American Archaeology
“Overall, Gilman and LeBlanc have done a fantastic job with Mimbres Life and Society. It is an engaging read for those interested in the Mogollon. As a research text documenting life and society in the Mimbres Valley, it is second to none.”—La Jornada, Archaeological Society of New Mexico
“Destined to be used by generations of scholars. The Mattocks site provides unique and essential information for understanding the Mimbres region and Southwest archaeology in general.”—Michelle Hegmon, editor of The Give and Take of Sustainability
“One of the most important contributions to Mimbres archaeology to appear in years. This book will be the sine qua non for research on the Mattocks site.”—Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist, Archaeology Southwest