By Gordon F. M. Rakita
Ancestors and Elites examines the connection among emergent social complexity and altering ritual practices on the prehispanic website of PaquimZ, Chihuahua, Mexico.
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A similar conclusion has been reached by Hodgetts (1996) for the El Zurdo site, a Medio period settlement in the Babicora basin to the south. However, at least one site within the region, the Villa Ahumada site on the eastern edge of the Casas Grandes region, has provided potential evidence for large-scale hunting of lepus species. Cruz-Antillon and Maxwell (1999, 48) report having recovered over ten thousand specimens of four different lagomorph species. Indeed, of the identified specimens from the site (n = 11,196), over 95 percent were from lepus species.
Di Peso and his colleagues uncovered seven pit houses and nine extramural pits under one of the Medio period plazas at the site (Di Peso et al. 1974:4, 319–22). However, the Medio period ruins represent a further development of Perros Bravos phase architecture. The initial Buena Fé component is represented by at least nine, and perhaps as many as twenty, single-story “ranch-style” compounds constructed of puddled adobe walls. These compounds are clusters of aboveground, rectilinear roomblocks. Each set of rooms was built against an outside wall that also surrounded associated plaza areas.
Principal among them was the change in domestic house structures. While previous houses were placed within or surrounding rounded pits, buildings of this phase were entirely aboveground and were rectilinear in form. Walls were made of wattle-and-daub built between corner support posts. Roofs were probably constructed with cross-posts supporting small latilla-like material with mud or adobe filling. Floors were well plastered but generally lacked features other 22 CHAPTER 1 than a few hearths. Average surface area for these rooms was 19 m2, and rooms were often clustered into adjoining groups.