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Life on the "Periphery": Pastoralism at Atalla

Author(s): Sadie Weber

Year: 2017

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Atalla, located in the South Central Andes of Peru in the province of Huancavelica, boasts a monumental temple and expansive, multi-phase domestic areas. Occupation of the site intermittently spans approximately 3000 years, and human presence in the surrounding area likely predates this site. Recent excavations focusing on both the monumental and domestic sectors of the site have yielded faunal remains from nearly all contexts. Here, I present an analysis of the faunal remains and bone tools from all periods of occupation at Atalla, focusing primarily on the earliest occupations of the site. I integrate zooarchaeological and microbotanical data to explore the emergent pastoral economy in relation to Atalla's potential role as both a distributor of cinnabar and a central locus of interregional exchange.

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Life on the "Periphery": Pastoralism at Atalla. Sadie Weber. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431643)


Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

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

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Abstract Id(s): 16918

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