While the attention to the extraordinary Mimbres painted pottery is well merited, the focus on its artistry alone has obscured other equally remarkable achievements and compelling questions about this unique and sophisticated society. Was the society as truly egalitarian as it has often been suggested? Was the pottery produced by specialists? How did Mimbres architecture—among the first to break living spaces into apartment-style room blocks—reflect the relationships among individuals, families, and communities? Did aggregate housing units translate into social equality, or did subtle hierarchies exist?
Tracing the way technology evolved in ceramic decoration, architecture, and mortuary practices, this collection of eight original contributions brings new insights into previously unexplored dimensions of Mimbres society. The contributors also provide vivid examples of how today’s archaeologists are linking field data to social theory.
“This book will be of interest to Southwest and North Mexican archaeologists as well as archaeologists interested in comparative studies of social organization. This collection includes almost all of the most significant Mimbres archaeologists and some very well-known field projects.”—Sarah Herr, author of Beyond Chaco: Great Kiva Communities on the Mogollon Rim Frontier