Wari funerary contexts: An elite funerary chamber in Cerro de Oro, Cañete Valley

Author(s): Grace Alexandrino Ocaña

Year: 2015


Evidence of looted tombs from Conchopata and Huari -the capital of Wari- have allowed archaeologists to identify up to three formal types of funerary structures. Researchers also point out that variants of these types of funerary enclosures identified at both sites might have held local chiefs and provincial governors. Evidence of such elite Wari funerary contexts has also been found in Espítiru Pampa, in the high jungle of Vilcabamba, and Batan Urqo, in Cusco, among others. Although the information from looted funerary contexts is incomplete, there are grounds to believe that these structures served as graves for local elites buried with luxury objects understood as symbols of Wari authority. However, the Wari mortuary ritual is diverse in different regions and presents temporal variations.

A funerary enclosure was excavated at Cerro de Oro in the Cañete Valley containing a funerary bundle associated with over a hundred luxury objects, primarily textiles. Based on comparisons we can propose that this funerary context is analogous to the intrusive funerary contexts recorded at different archaeological sites belonging to the Middle Horizon along the southern and central coast.

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Wari funerary contexts: An elite funerary chamber in Cerro de Oro, Cañete Valley. Grace Alexandrino Ocaña. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395484)


Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

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