Ethnoarchaeological Approach to the Interrelation of Traditional Household Structural Patterns and Occupant’s Affluence among the Koms of Manipur (India)

The Kom tribe is one of the tribal communities in the Northeastern states that inhabit all the hill districts of Manipur. This paper mainly aims to find out and interpret the interrelation between Kom traditional domestic household patterns (such as shape and size, area, walls, post and post spacing, and architecture) and the occupant’s socio-economic and affluence in ethnoarchaeological perspectives. It also seeks to find out the archaeological signatures focusing on the reuse and discard pattern of material remains of household structures and tries to bring out the wealth status of ancestral Koms. Ethnographic data are used to study the structural pattern of traditional domestic buildings. It helps to predict the socio-economic and wealth characteristics that reflect the household structure and thereby reconstruct the wealth status of the past Kom society.