Ancient Community and Economy at Chinchawas; Vol. # 90

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  • Copyright: 2010-09-14
  • Publisher: The Yale Peabody Museum
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In this groundbreaking study of prehistoric Chinchawas, a small agropastoral community in the North Central Highlands of Peru, George F. Lau provides the first full archaeological investigation of a site of the Recuay culture. Departing from the traditional focus on large regional centers in Andean archaeology, the author investigates the rise, history and demise of groups at Chinchawas (AD 300-900), emphasizing the importance and character of rural communities in complex societies.

Author Biography

George F. Lau is university lecturer, School of World Art Studies and Museology, University of East Anglia. He lives in Norwich, UK.

Table of Contents

Figuresp. vii
Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Objectivesp. 1
Comparative Considerationsp. 5
Organization of Chaptersp. 10
The North Highlands of Peru, the Recuay Culture and Wari Expansion Into Highland Ancashp. 11
Environment and Geological Processesp. 11
Prehistory in the Callejón de Huaylas and Recuay Culturep. 21
Fieldwork Methodology and Sector I Excavationsp. 37
Chinchawas Ceramic Sequencep. 37
Archaeological Fieldworkp. 39
Enclosuresp. 41
Room Complexesp. 45
The Torreónp. 61
Conclusionsp. 65
Excavations of Terrace Areas, Sector Ip. 69
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Conclusionsp. 113
Investigations of Sector 2 Mortuary Constructionsp. 115
Background and Reconnaissancep. 115
Sector 2 Investigationsp. 118
Discussionp. 133
Conclusionsp. 137
Ceramics of the Kayán and Chinchawasi Phasesp. 139
Methodologyp. 140
Kayán Phase Ceramicsp. 141
Chinchawasi 1 Phase Ceramicsp. 151
Chinchawasi 2 Phase Ceramicsp. 177
Ceramics of the Warmi and Chakwas Phasesp. 207
Warmi Phase Ceramicsp. 207
Chakwas Phase Ceramicsp. 235
Post-Chakwas Occupationp. 246
Overview of the Ceramic Chronology of Chinchawasp. 246
Conclusionsp. 247
Fancy and Imported Ceramicsp. 249
Fancy Pottery in Subterranean Tombs, Sector 2p. 249
Fancy Pottery in Chullpa Tombs, Sector 2p. 253
Fancy and Imported Pottery in Sector 1p. 255
Distributions of Fancy and Imported Ceramics at Chinchawasp. 282
Cultural Interaction at Chinchawasp. 289
Discussionp. 292
Local Economy and Trade: Evidence from Other Artifactsp. 295
Methodologyp. 295
Chipped Stone Artifactsp. 297
Groundstone Artifactsp. 312
Miscellaneous Stone Artifactsp. 321
Spindle Whorls and Discsp. 327
Bone Artifactsp. 333
Shell Artifactsp. 344
Metal Artifactsp. 346
Conclusionsp. 351
Review and Conclusionsp. 353
Results of the Chinchawas Researchp. 353
Concluding Commentsp. 365
Appendix: Provenience Informationp. 367
Referencesp. 373
Indexp. 393
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