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date: 27 February 2020

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Most of the activities of daily life take place within or around houses. Thus this chapter explores at the household level how the everyday lives and practices of ordinary Aztecs intersected with the macro levels of social, political, and economic organization. This chapter examines variability and change in households, household strategies, and house form during the Postclassic period in central Mexico to reveal the diversity, flexibility, and ingenuity of Aztec commoners. Both ethnohistoric and archaeological data suggest that households and house form varied widely throughout the Aztec world and thus cannot be uniformly characterized. Nonetheless, all households strategically exploited local resources and employed diverse strategies as that articulated the domestic economy with broader economic and political systems.

Keywords: Aztec, households, household strategies, houses, domestic economy, everyday life

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