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Comparative Perspectives on the Archaeology of Coastal South America
Perspectivas Comparativas sobre la Arqueología de la Costa Sudamericana


edited by Robyn E. Cutright, Enrique López-Hurtado, and Alexander J. Martín

Thirteen papers by archaeologists from North and South America on the archaeology of coastal Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. The authors have all emphasized comparative approaches to prehispanic societies along the Pacific coast. They give preference neither to high theory nor to case-specific empirical details, but rather attempt to answer theoretically important research questions with appropriate methodologies and empirical datasets--ones that are amenable to a broad comparative view.

Table of Contents:

  • Comparative Perspectives: An Introduction by Alexander J. Martín, Enrique López-Hurtado, and Robyn E. Cutright
  • Food, Family, and Empire: Relating Political and Domestic Change in the Jequetepeque Hinterland by Robyn E. Cutright
  • Social Organization, Technology of Production, and the Function of Utilitarian Ceramics for Feasting during the Middle and Late Formative Periods in the Central Andes by Hugo Ikehara
  • Changes in the Subsistence Strategy of Prehistoric Intertidal Gathering: The Pre-ceramic and Ceramic Coastal Hunter-gatherers of Reloncaví Sound, Chile by Carola F. Flores, Bernardo R. Broitman, and Pilar Rivas
  • Comparing the Role of the Export Sector in Prehistoric Economies: The Importance of Shell Manufacture to the Livelihood of Coastal Ecuadorian Populations by Alexander J. Martín
  • Evaluating the Role of Inter-Societal Interaction in the Emergence of Institutionalized Hierarchy: An Example from Southern Ecuador/Northern Peru by Sarah R. Taylor
  • Highland Empires, Lowland Politics: The Central Peruvian Coast and its Relation to Pan-Andean Empires by Giancarlo Marcone F.M
  • Coastal and Highland Storage Systems of the Colesuyo, South Central Andes Sofia Chacaltana Cortez, Christopher Dayton, and Mónika Barrionuevo
  • Regional Patterns of Fortification and Single Forts: Evaluating the Articulation of Regional Sociopolitical Dynamics with Localized Phenomena Margaret Brown Vega
  • Elite Strategies and Ritual Settings in Coastal Peru during the 1st Millennium B.C. by David Chicoine
  • Provincial Religious Centers in the Inka Empire: Propagators of Official Ideology or Spaces for Local Resistance? by Enrique López-Hurtado and Jason Nesbitt
  • Approximating Lambayeque Political Configurations: A Perspective from the Site of San José de Moro, Jequetepeque Valley by O. Gabriel Prieto Burmester
  • Comparative Archaeology and the Andes by Robert D. Drennan

Complete text in English and Spanish.

Published by University of Pittsburgh Center for Comparative Archaeology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima), and Ministerio de Cultura del Ecuador (Quito), 2010. 268 pp. ISBN: 978-1-877812-88-0.

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