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This concoction is hot, but my hand is not!: A possible function of annular rings on p’uku-like vessels in the Central Coast of Peru during the Late Intermediate period and a conjectural link to Andean traditional medicine

Author(s): German Loffler

Year: 2016

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In this paper I explore the possible function of the annular rings on p’uku-like ceramic vessels from the Central Coast of Peru during the Late Intermediate period. I argue that this part of the vessel is not decorative as others have suggested for modern contexts. Instead, I hypothesize that the annular ring at the bottom of the p’uku-like vessel’s function was to buffer the hand from heat. Alternatively, the annular ring might have aided in adding stability to a standing vessels in shaky grounds—the Central Coast of Peru is prone to frequent seismic activity. I develop a methodology to test such scenarios and test it on replicated p’uku-like vessels. Test confirm that the annual ring efficiently prevents the consumer form burning their hands while holding a hot-content vessel. Also, to a lesser degree, the annular ring aid the vessel from spilling over when free standing. Possible hot-content for the vessels include (a) medicinal remedies, (b) hot foods, and/or (c) hot beverages—these possibilities however, at the moment, are conjuncture; they remain to be demonstrated by residue analysis of the vessels themselves.


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This concoction is hot, but my hand is not!: A possible function of annular rings on p’uku-like vessels in the Central Coast of Peru during the Late Intermediate period and a conjectural link to Andean traditional medicine. German Loffler. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405284)


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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