Inferences from the shape of dwellings

Settlement Archaeology National Press Books Palo Alto Published In Pages: 117-133
By Whiting, John W.M., Ayres, Barbara


This study examines several correlates of the shape of floor plans of dwellings. Authors find that "whether a culture is settled or nomadic, the form of its family and the presence or absence of status distinctions are related to its house type, and the house types can in turn be inferred from the floor plan." Curvilinear houses are associated with polygyny and nomadism and rectilinear houses are associated with sedentarism, extended families, and status distinctions.

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