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Author Hoffman, Laura E., author.
Title Differential access to resources and the emerging elite : obsidian at La Blanca / by Laura E. Hoffman.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2012.

 Electronic Book  GN33 .Z95 2012 H64eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (vii, 69 pages) : charts, maps, photographs, chiefly color.
Content Type text
still image
Format online resource
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Thesis M.A. California State University, Northridge 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 70-75).
Summary This thesis presents the results of a comparative analysis of obsidian artifacts recovered from five household contexts at La Blanca. Although situated in the shadow of Guatemala's volcanic mountains, the inhabitants of La Blanca had limited access to obsidian; this presents a unique opportunity to examine differences in access to this valuable resource. The distribution of obsidian at La Blanca reflects the emerging dominance of the elite as well as the resistance of non-elites to the loss of household autonomy. This paper explores this dichotomy and its effects on the development of regional complex social systems.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on January 09, 2013).
Subject Indians of Central America -- Material culture.
Social status -- Guatemala -- Blanca Site.
Scarcity -- Social aspects.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Anthropology.
OCLC number 850972661