Multi-crafting in Coexisting Gallinazo-Moche Contexts at Songoy-Cojal, North Coast, Peru

Author(s): Kayeleigh Sharp; Juan Martinez

Year: 2017


Over the past few decades, it has been recognized that craft studies often overlook the social significance of crafts practiced concurrently. How does the selection of certain types of materials inform on the relationship between manufacturers and consumers? Does multi-crafting imply broader social relations? Or does multi-crafting imply locally meaningful social relationships through the various types of crafts produced? This paper explores the multi-craft traditions practiced in coexisting Gallinazo-Moche contexts at the Songoy-Cojal site in the mid-Zaña valley, North Coast, Peru. In this presumably multi-ethnic setting, evidence of pottery, stone, metalworking and metallurgical traditions are suggestive of complex social interrelationships that may help to define key aspects of social organization within the site and in the Lambayeque region more broadly. In particular, I explore the relationship between users and manufacturers of stylistically Gallinazo (or Virú) and Mochica artifacts, testing the hypothesis that this mid-sized center may have held a disproportionately high significance within the broader Lambayeque region.

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Multi-crafting in Coexisting Gallinazo-Moche Contexts at Songoy-Cojal, North Coast, Peru. Kayeleigh Sharp, Juan Martinez. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428910)

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