Zooarchaeology of the Late Intermediate Period in Minaspata, Cuzco, Peru

Author(s): Kaitlyn Laws; Raija Heikkila; Thomas Hardy

Year: 2015


Minaspata, a site located in the Cuzco Valley of the south-central Peruvian Andes, contains evidence of occupation spanning continuously from the Early Horizon through the end of the Inca Empire. In 2013, several units were excavated in order to better understand the social transformations which occurred in local populations due to colonial practices, both under the Wari state in the Middle Horizon and in the early consolidation of the Inca heartland. Analysis of the faunal remains of the excavations can shed light on the shifting patterns of food consumption, butchery practices, and bone tool manufacture which occurred during the transition from the beginning of the Late Intermediate Period (LIP, AD 1000-1400) to the terminal Inca occupation at the end of the Late Horizon (LH, AD 1400-1532). The results of the securely dated faunal remains from the 2013 excavations will be presented and placed within a larger cultural and regional context related to the transition from the LIP to the LH and the consolidation of the Cuzco region under the early Inca state.

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Zooarchaeology of the Late Intermediate Period in Minaspata, Cuzco, Peru. Raija Heikkila, Kaitlyn Laws, Thomas Hardy. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397956)

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Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

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