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By Charles Stanish

ISBN-10: 0520232453

ISBN-13: 9780520232457

One of many richest and most complicated civilizations in historic the US developed round Lake Titicaca in southern Peru and northern Bolivia. This e-book is the 1st finished synthesis of 4 thousand years of prehistory for the complete Titicaca area. it's a interesting tale of the transition from searching and accumulating to early agriculture, to the formation of the Tiwanaku and Pucara civilizations, and to the double conquest of the area, first by means of the strong neighboring Inca within the 15th century and a century later through the Spanish Crown. in keeping with greater than fifteen years of box examine in Peru and Bolivia, Charles Stanish's e-book brings jointly quite a lot of ethnographic, ancient, and archaeological info, together with fabric that has no longer but been released. This landmark paintings brings the author's intimate wisdom of the ethnography and archaeology during this zone to endure on significant theoretical issues in evolutionary anthropology. Stanish presents a large comparative framework for comparing how those complicated societies built. After giving an summary of the region's archaeology and cultural historical past, he discusses the historical past of archaeological study within the Titicaca Basin, in addition to its geography, ecology, and ethnography. He then synthesizes the knowledge from six archaeological classes within the Titicaca Basin inside of an evolutionary anthropological framework. Titicaca Basin prehistory has lengthy been seen during the lens of first Inca intellectuals and the Spanish nation. This booklet demonstrates that the ancestors of the Aymara humans of the Titicaca Basin rivaled the Incas in wealth, sophistication, and cultural genius. The provocative information and interpretations of this ebook also will make us imagine anew concerning the upward push and fall of different civilizations all through background. 34 b/w photos, 12 line illustrations, 37 maps, 19 tables

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How do we explain these apparent contradictions in the archaeological and historical data? The key to understanding the Aymara señoríos of the twelfth to sixteenth centuries lies with a segmentary political organization. It was in this context that the Inca empire occupied the Titicaca Basin. The lake was the heartland of Collasuyu, quite probably the most lucrative quarter of the powerful Inca state, which consolidated its control in the region by a number of methods. The archaeological evidence indicates the importance of six strategies: (1) the founding of new towns, (2) the formalization of the road and tambos (or way stations), (3) the establishment of specialized production areas, (4) the manipulation of ideologies of power, (5) the relocation of population, and (6) the outright exercise of military power in the initial conquest and during subsequent periods of political rebellion.

At the risk of oversimplification, it appears that two classes of Tiwanaku pottery predominated outside the core: drinking vessels and ceremonial offering vessels. Decorated ollas, bowls, and tinajas (large jars) are quite rare. In particular, keros, tazones, sahumadores, and incense burners represent a very large percentage of surface finds and excavated materials in the heartland as well as in provincial and peripheral territories. Keros were used for drinking, and the smaller, flatbottomed tazones (or cuencos-escudillas [Alconini 1993: 91]) were most likely used for serving foods or liquids.

Reciprocity and redistribution are forms of barter in which values are established by custom. Exchange for profit is not a motive. In premodern political economies dominated by these mechanisms, neutral intermediaries who move goods between exchange partners are rare. ” In administered trade systems, exchange values for commodities or services are determined by a political authority and not through competitive negotiation, although as in all economies, supply and demand ultimately affect exchange values.

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