The rise of native lordships at Pashash, A.D. 200–600, North Highlands of Ancash, Peru

Lau, George F. ORCID:, Luján Dávila, Milton, Bongers, Jacob L. and Chicoine, David (2023) The rise of native lordships at Pashash, A.D. 200–600, North Highlands of Ancash, Peru. Journal of Field Archaeology, 48 (1). pp. 36-54. ISSN 0093-4690

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This article examines the rise of native, segmentary lordships in the highlands of north-central Peru. It reports on new excavations and mapping at the seat of a prehispanic polity, Pashash (Recuay culture), a large hilltop center that developed after the collapse of Chavín civilization. Fieldwork revealed monumental constructions and two special activity contexts radiocarbon-dated to ca. a.d. 200–400: an offering area in a large palatial compound and a room-complex with chambers closed off and sealed with feasting refuse. Multiple lines of evidence help reconstruct a regional picture for the establishment of wealthy local elites. Cultural innovations explicitly link new leaders to roles in defense and warfare, economic production, and early burial cult within a high-status compound. The current data underscore a major break from earlier systems of authority and elite material culture, comprising an organizational pattern that was a precursor to the ethnic polities that predominated in later Andean prehistory.

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Additional Information: Acknowledgements: The research was generously supported by the RCUK-NSF Two-Way Lead Agency program (AH/R013845/1, Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK). Permission for the fieldwork was granted by Peru’s Ministerio de Cultura (RD271-2019-DGPA-VMPCIC/MC). Special thanks are owed to: the Sainsbury Research Unit (UEA), Marcela Olivas, Florencia Valderrama, David and Fredy Diestra, Enrique Bellido, Agustín Reyes, Victor Glenny, Vicky Paredes, Papi Valerio, and all the members of the PIARP 2019 team. Finally, sincere thanks are owed to PIARP’s many friends and supporters in Cabana.
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Area Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Centres > Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2022 12:30
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 09:58
DOI: 10.1080/00934690.2022.2087993


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