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A View from the Hinterlands: Early Colonial Objects in Mortuary Contexts in Northern Highland Ecuador

Author(s): Tamara Bray

Year: 2017

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In this paper I re-visit a particularly interesting find made in the Pimampiro District of northern highland Ecuador a number of years ago. It consisted of a traditional shaft tomb burial that contained an unusual assemblage of items, which included seemingly obvious Late Period Caranqui and Panzaleo wares together with a set of four Nueva Cadiz beads. How and why did these precious European objects penetrate this seemingly remote region at such an early date to be inserted into such a basic ritual context? What does their presence within an otherwise completely "pre-Columbian looking" context indicate with respect to temporality, materiality, and archaeological assumptions? In this paper, I analyze this mortuary assemblage with respect to regional, historical, and social context, as well as in light of networks of meaning, the notion of value and material agency.


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A View from the Hinterlands: Early Colonial Objects in Mortuary Contexts in Northern Highland Ecuador. Tamara Bray. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431081)


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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): 14845

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