Households (a request)

Wed, 18 Oct 1995 12:42:52 EST5EDT

I'm trying to look at social organization and households at a late
prehistoric site in Ohio, and I would like to have some comparative
data. The catch is that "my" site is radially symmetrical, and
besides the archaeological culture area and the Yanomami, I don't
know of any other societies with radially symmetrical villages.

(By radially symmetrical, I basically mean round. A pizza is
radially symmetrical; slices can be cut along any axes you please,
but if all the cuts go through the center, the slices will all look
pretty much the same. Particularly if the toppings are arranged in
concentric rings, as are dwellings and associated features at "my"

I am planning to look through HRAF, but as you can imagine, looking
for attributes without knowing which cultures have that kind of
information included is a daunting task.

Does anyone know of any cultures/societies which live in radially
symmetrical villages for any length of time? North American
agriculturalists would, of course, be ideal (we all have our hopes),
but I'd appreciate any suggestions.

And if you'd reply to me directly at <>,
I'm sure we would all appreciate that much less list traffic.

Rebecca Lynn Johnson

Rebecca Lynn Johnson
Dept. of Anthropology
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

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