Use the icons on the right to switch between a searchable map vs. searchable table of societies. A “society” in D-PLACE is a group of people whose cultural practices were documented at particular time and place, and who generally share a dialect or language, which is often different from that of neighbouring groups (more details here). Selecting a particular society (point) on the map will take you to a page containing all data available for that society. To view the geographic distribution of societies within a particular society set, you can select that set from the table below. To search for a society by name, language, focal year, or the name of a geographic region, please use the table-based search.
Society set Societies Reference
Ethnographic Atlas 1291 Murdock, G. P., R. Textor, H. Barry, III, D. R. White, J. P. Gray, and W. T. Divale. 1999. Ethnographic Atlas. World Cultures 10:24-136 (codebook)
Binford Hunter-Gatherer 339 Binford, L. 2001. Constructing Frames of Reference: An Analytical Method for Archaeological Theory Building Using Hunter-gatherer and Environmental Data Sets. University of California Press
Standard cross-cultural sample 186 Murdock GP & White DR. 1969. Standard Cross-Cultural Sample. Ethnology. 9:329–369.
Western North American Indian database 172 Jorgensen, JG. 1980. Western Indians: Comparative Environments, Languages, and Cultures of 172 Western American Indian Tribes. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman and Company.
Id Name Glottocode Language Language family Latitude Longitude Region Societyset