Working with Scotty: Perspectives on A Peripheral Paper Designed for the Ayacucho-Huanta Archaeological-Botanical Project
Author(s): William Mitchell
I was not involved directly with Scotty’s Ayacucho project (1969–1975), but from 1965 to 1968 I worked in the town of Quinua, engaged in dissertation research. Its territory included part of the site of Huari. After completing my dissertation, I returned to continue work in 1973, 1974, and 1980, and later, focusing on its ecological system, especially irrigation. Scotty invited me to prepare a paper on the ways farmers used ecological zones. The research, while more detailed, complemented what I had already decided to do. Volumes 2 (Excavations and Chronology, 1981), 3 (Nonceramic Artifacts, 1980) and 4 (The Preceramic Way of Life, 1983) were published; volume 1, which was to included my paper, was scheduled to follow. China (where Scotty began work in 1975) and other work intervened. Volume 1 lay dormant. Many years later, Scotty said he was ready to publish it, but so much time had passed that I thought it necessary to revise. The paper, "Multizone Agriculture in an Andean Village: The Ecological Basis of Peasant Farming", never appeared. It now lies in the National Anthropology Archives. This presentation speculates why, and offers information on what my paper contains and why it is still relevant.
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Working with Scotty: Perspectives on A Peripheral Paper Designed for the Ayacucho-Huanta Archaeological-Botanical Project. William Mitchell. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445304)
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