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Preliminary Results of Paleoethnobotanical Analysis at Quilcapampa, a Middle Horizon site in Arequipa, Peru

Author(s): Matthew Biwer

Year: 2017

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In this poster I present preliminary results and interpretations of paleoethnobotanical investigations at the site of Quilcapampa, located in the Siguas Valley, Department of Arequipa in south-central Peru. Recent AMS radiocarbon dates indicate Quilcapampa was occupied for a short period during the mid-eighth century AD, which places the site within the Middle Horizon (AD 600-1000). Based on site architecture and ceramic evidence, the site may represent a colonial installation of Wari Empire (AD 600-1000) in the region, though further analysis is needed to characterize the relationship between residents of Quilcapampa and the Wari Empire. As relatively little is known about Middle Horizon foodways in the Siguas Valley, this poster provides preliminary macrobotanical (desiccated/carbonized plant remains) and microbotanical (starch grains and/or phytoliths) data excavated during the 2015 summer field season. While these results are preliminary, they represent a first step in characterizing knowledge of Middle Horizon foodways for the region and may add to our understanding of Wari foodways and colonialism.


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Preliminary Results of Paleoethnobotanical Analysis at Quilcapampa, a Middle Horizon site in Arequipa, Peru. Matthew Biwer. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428887)


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South America


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

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Abstract Id(s): 16254

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America