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Anthropological Papers of the University of Arizona

Paper #60
Historic Zuni Architecture and Society: An Archaeological Application of Space Syntax

Author(s): T.J. Ferguson
Publisher: Anthropological Papers of the University of Arizona 60, 1996, $14.95
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Photo below: Ojo Caliente, about 1920. Detail of photo by Jesse L. Nusbaum, Courtesy Denver Public Library


In Historic Zuni Architecture and Society, Ferguson uses an interdisciplinary approach, analyzing archaeological data with methods, theories, and techniques from the fields of architecture, planning, and ethnology. Archaeologists will find in the book an innovative application of space syntax to archaeological problems, and cultural anthropologists and others interested in the history of the Zuni Indians will value its observations about changes that are currently taking place in Zuni social organization.

FROM THE JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH 54: 129, 1998: Wendy Bustard writes: "Historic Zuni Architecture and Society should be required reading for anyone interested in applying space syntax to anthropological research questions....Ferguson makes an important contribution to the field of architectural research by placing space syntax within the larger anthropological framework of structuration theory, providing a firm theoretical foundation for a strong methodology. He presents the complex methodology of space syntax clearly and concisely--an impressive task in itself."

FROM CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY 39(2): 289, 1998: Jason Shapiro writes: "The final words on the ability of archaeologists to recover the meanings that underlie architectural patterns have not yet been written, but the new lines of inquiry exemplified by Historic Zuni Architecture and Society will surely aid in the process. On balance, Ferguson's monograph offers insights into the connections between social and spatial organization at Zuni and highlights the potential for an analytical tool that may help archaeologists to understand more about the nature of architectural remains and their relationships to the people who built them."


*Dr. T. J. Ferguson works for Heritage Resources Management Consultants in Tucson, Arizona, where he is also an adjunct curator of archaeology at the Arizona State Museum. He has conducted archaeological and ethnographic research at Zuni and ethnohistorical research with the Hopi. He is the coauthor of A Zuni Atlas (1985).

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