Post-Collapse Change and Continuity in Bolivia’s Desaguadero Valley

Author(s): Jennifer Zovar

Year: 2015


There is often a discontinuity between studies of ‘collapse’ and studies of post-collapse periods. This can lead to the periods following collapse being defined by a "lack" of what came before. In the southern Titicaca basin, for example, the period following the collapse of the Tiwanaku state has been defined by a lack of monumental construction, raised fields, large-scale feasting events, or Tiwanaku-style iconography. Nevertheless, recent explorations have demonstrated that while "collapse" is generally understood as a relatively "rapid" sociopolitical shift, it does not necessarily lead to abrupt discontinuity in the lives of individuals or communities, especially in non-elite circles. In Bolivia’s Desaguadero Valley, for example, significant continuities are noted in utilitarian ceramics and everyday domestic architecture at the same time that there were major changes in ceremonial patterns and larger-scale settlement organization. This paper interrogates the multifaceted nature of these changes and continuities through the process of collapse and subsequent post-collapse reorganization in the Desaguadero Valley.

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Post-Collapse Change and Continuity in Bolivia’s Desaguadero Valley. Jennifer Zovar. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396877)


Geographic Keywords
South America

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