An archaeological indicator of matrilocal versus patrilocal residence

American Antiquity Vol/Iss. 38 Published In Pages: 177-182
By Ember, Melvin


Since in societies with sororal polygyny co-wives live together in the same house, it should also be true that sisters find it easier to live together when they are married to different men in matrilocal societies. I expected houses in matrilocal societies to have a larger living floor area than houses in patrilocal societies (177)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Comparison of meansSupportedp<.01.87One-tailed


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Living Floor Area Of DwellingUNKNOWNDwellings