Entangled Encounters in the Wari World: Coast-Highland Interactions during the Middle Horizon as revealed by the archaeological and bioarchaeological investigations in the Castillo de Huarmey, North-Central Coast of Peru
Wari (600-1050 AD) was the first pre-Hispanic political organization that succeeded in the consolidation of vast lands in the central Andes into one multi-ethnic, cultural, and linguistic realm, creating the conditions of a mini world system. The products and networks of exchange connected heterogeneous populations from distinct parts of the empire, which political complexity was reflected in a variety of styles, due to the co-existence of local traditions, with production that imitated foreign styles, and the forced displacement of artisans. This paper shows that the Wari provincial center localized at the site of Castillo de Huarmey was an important place of inter-group relationships and new identities established and negotiated by imperial elites. This is reflected not only in the monumental architecture that served as the physical focus of Wari’s ancestor worship, but also in the results of the bioarchaeological analyses of the human remains and grave goods from the burial chambers of 58 Wari noblewoman, considered to be the most complex set of rare Wari personal effects found to date in the previously undisturbed burial chamber which embraces diverse, and sometimes totally opposite, artistic, iconographic and technological craft traditions that originate from different cultural and technological backgrounds.
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Entangled Encounters in the Wari World: Coast-Highland Interactions during the Middle Horizon as revealed by the archaeological and bioarchaeological investigations in the Castillo de Huarmey, North-Central Coast of Peru. Milosz Giersz, Patrycja Przadka Giersz, Wieslaw Wieckowski. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395022)
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