Long-Distance Adoption of Exotic Cultigens in Northwest Peru: Problems and Processes

Author(s): Tom Dillehay

Year: 2015


By 7,000-6,000 BP on the coast and in the western highlands of northern Peru, several long-distance food crops, whether domesticated or not, were adopted by local communities. Most of the crops are derived from Neo-Tropical environments far to the north, perhaps in the Ecuadorian and Colombian lowlands, or from the eastern side of the Andes. The technological, demographic and economic mechanisms and processes by which this adoption process took place is considered for several archaeological localities dating between 10,000 and 6,000 years ago. The wider social and economic implications of this process are considered theoretically and historically.

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Long-Distance Adoption of Exotic Cultigens in Northwest Peru: Problems and Processes. Tom Dillehay. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394918)


Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;