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Zooarchaeologial inferences and analogical reasoning at Chavin de Huantar (Peru)

Author(s): Silvana Rosenfeld

Year: 2015

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Summary

Chavín de Huantar (1000-500 BC Peru) has long has been considered a major center in the central Andes given its complex architecture and art. Mostly based on art depiction, ritual at Chavín has long been associated with psychoactive plant ingestion. Stone sculptures show the hallucinogenic San Pedro cactus, as well as the representation of monstrous animals and supernatural beings interpreted as priests transforming into animals during hallucinogen consumption. Inspired by Diane Gifford-Gonzalez’s epistemological work on zooarchaeological inferences, analogical reasoning, and actualism, I analyze and interpret the manufacture and use of bone artifacts at Chavín in its ritual context.

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Zooarchaeologial inferences and analogical reasoning at Chavin de Huantar (Peru). Silvana Rosenfeld. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395774)


Keywords

General
Bone Tools Ritual

Geographic Keywords
South America


Spatial Coverage

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

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America