An Archaeological Investigation of Ethnicity at Las Varas, Peru.

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Show simple item record Tsai, Howard I. en_US 2012-10-12T15:25:41Z NO_RESTRICTION en_US 2012-10-12T15:25:41Z 2012 en_US 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract How can archaeologists identity different ethnic groups using only their material remains? To investigate interaction and exchange between ethnic groups in the Andes, I excavated Las Varas, an 11th-century village in the Jequetepeque Valley, northern Peru. This dissertation presents the results of my excavation (which uncovered houses, plazas, burials, and a ritual platform) and provides information on the daily life, ceremony, and burial traditions of the inhabitants of Las Varas. The presence of cist tombs, stone jambs next to entrances, and large quantities of painted bowls at Las Varas indicates influence from the highland culture of Cajamarca. Coastal-style pottery was found concentrated in the western entrance of Las Varas in a ritual platform. Plazas and cist tombs were found at the southern edge of the site, next to a trail that led to the highlands. A cemetery in the northeastern corner of Las Varas yielded three graves with seated individuals accompanied by coastal or Lambayeque-style pottery. From these results I argue that we can detect differences between ethnic groups by using evidence from different contexts such as residences, cemeteries, and ceremonial plazas. The synthesis of such disparate kinds of data provide us with an integrated picture of the process by which ethnic identity was constructed and maintained in the community. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Las Varas Site (Peru) en_US
dc.subject Excavations (Archaeology) -- Peru en_US
dc.subject Peru -- Antiquities en_US
dc.subject Cajamarca (Peru) -- Antiquities en_US
dc.subject Cajamarca Culture -- Peru en_US
dc.subject Ethnicity en_US
dc.title An Archaeological Investigation of Ethnicity at Las Varas, Peru. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreename PHD en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreediscipline Anthropology en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantor University of Michigan, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Marcus, Joyce en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Gingerich, Philip D. en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Flannery, Kent V. en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Mannheim, Bruce en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Anthropology and Archaeology en_US
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Social Sciences en_US
dc.owningcollname Dissertations and Theses (Ph.D. and Master's)
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