Brothers of Invention: Comparing Trends in Innovation in the New World Formative

Author(s): John Rick

Year: 2016


Competition between Andean Formative centers seems to have stimulated rapid rates of innovation in technology, architecture, art, and behaviors such as ritual. This in turn seems to reflect a significant change of the role and nature of religion as a force promoting or resisting change, introducing a motivation for radical transformation within a background of conservative, heavily tradition-based practices. These processes are particularly evident in recent investigations in Chavin de Huantar, and may well be evident in the record of other Central Andean formative sites. This raises the question of whether belief-driven transformations of the New World formative in general reflect a process of competitive stimulation in which 'convincing systems', to be successful, needed to create unique and differentiated material and experiential repertoire to aid in attracting cult membership. This paper raises the question of whether Andean and Mesoamerican formative societies show parallels in the role of innovation and competition, further complicated by issues of emulation and imitation.

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Brothers of Invention: Comparing Trends in Innovation in the New World Formative. John Rick. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 402952)


Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

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