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Feasting, exchange, sociopolitical interaction: Assessing the Tiwanaku presence in the Kallawaya region

Author(s): Sonia Alconini ; Rebecca Friedel ; Maria Bruno

Year: 2015

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In the Tiwanaku era, the Kallawaya territory was part of a web of an inter-ecologic exchange networks that provided altiplanic polities with a myriad of resources flowing from the valleys and tropical Yunga mountains. In this context, Tiwanaku centers were important places of exchange, storage, and ritual celebrations. By looking at the botanical remains, this paper will explore the changes in feasting and consumption patterns, and the ways in which various resources were utilized in funerary and commensal activities. Further, such comparison will illuminate the nature of the Tiwanaku presence in this strategic corridor, and the ways in which this polity influenced the local political dynamics after its collapse.

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Feasting, exchange, sociopolitical interaction: Assessing the Tiwanaku presence in the Kallawaya region. Rebecca Friedel, Sonia Alconini, Maria Bruno. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396866)


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South America


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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