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A Lithic Analysis of Food Preparation and Resource Distribution in Recuay Ritual Feasting Contexts at Hualcayán (Ancash, Peru)

Author(s): Elisabeth Granley ; Elizabeth Katherine Cruzado Carranza ; Rebecca Bria

Year: 2015

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Summary

The preparation and consumption of food during feasting rituals is an ancient

tradition in the Andes, occurring both on a small scale (participation of one family

or kin group) and on a large scale (community-wide involvement). This poster

presents a recent analysis of lithic tools from Hualcayán, an ancient Recuay

community (1-600 AD) in highland Ancash, Peru. Excavations at Hualcayán yielded

a variety of ground stone and expedient chipped stone tools and debris from a

range of different Recuay ritual contexts—in tombs, patio groups, and enclosures.

The analysis and comparison of tool types and the variety of raw materials utilized

within each ritual space will be used to identify the different food preparation

techniques of Recuay rituals at Hualcayán, as well as examine how resources were

differentially distributed amongst members of the community.

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A Lithic Analysis of Food Preparation and Resource Distribution in Recuay Ritual Feasting Contexts at Hualcayán (Ancash, Peru). Elisabeth Granley, Rebecca Bria, Elizabeth Katherine Cruzado Carranza. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398072)


Keywords

General
Feasting Lithics 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