Death in the City: Huari Urban Tombs

Author(s): Rebekah Montgomery

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Seeing Wari through the Lens of the Everyday: Results from the Patipampa Sector of Huari" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

After declaring tombs to be absent from the Patipampa archaeological record on the basis of our 2017 excavations, this presentation discusses two mortuary contexts discovered at the Middle Horizon (AD 600-1000) site of Patipampa in the capital city of Huari. Excavated during our 2018 field season, both tombs are severely looted, but each context displays important spatial and depositional features. This analysis focuses on understanding the relationship between mortuary practices and Huari urban residential space and social organization. I will describe each mortuary context, the associated materials, and relationship to architectural spaces within the Patipampa residential sector. I use these preliminary findings to explore similarities and differences between mortuary spaces elsewhere at Huari and other Middle Horizon Wari settlements in order to consider what Wari dead contributed to the world of the living.

Cite this Record

Death in the City: Huari Urban Tombs. Rebekah Montgomery. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452288)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -82.441; min lat: -56.17 ; max long: -64.863; max lat: 16.636 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 25371