Life And Death At Paloma: Practices In Peruvian Village [NOOK Book]

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Gold, pomp, and circumstances surrounded the mummies of Inca emperors, but the elaborate funerary rites at the end of prehistory were only part of a tradition that began thousands of years earlier. Life and Death at Paloma, the first in-depth treatment of burials from a preagricultural South American village, analyzes the life of its people during a revolutionary time in prehistory: the transition from a hunting-gathering-fishing way of life to a more sedentary horticultural society.Drawing upon the ...
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Life And Death At Paloma: Practices In Peruvian Village

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Overview

Gold, pomp, and circumstances surrounded the mummies of Inca emperors, but the elaborate funerary rites at the end of prehistory were only part of a tradition that began thousands of years earlier. Life and Death at Paloma, the first in-depth treatment of burials from a preagricultural South American village, analyzes the life of its people during a revolutionary time in prehistory: the transition from a hunting-gathering-fishing way of life to a more sedentary horticultural society.Drawing upon the data that he collected as part of the University of Missouri's excavations at Paloma, Jeffrey Quilter gives us the first study of preceramic Peruvian life through his analysis of this site's graves and contents. His extensively illustrated book is also the first attempt to infer social organization from such data for this period—circa 5000 to 2500 B.C.—in Peru. In addition, he presents the only available summary and discussion of the known preceramic interments from western South America.Coastal Peru is one of the few New World regions where the early development of complex societies can be studied. Life and Death at Paloma will greatly assist such research by specialists in mortuary studies, in Andean prehistory, and in hunter-gatherer societies.
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An extensively annotated reissue of a humorous book published in 1851 (Lippincott, Grambo; Philadelphia). Purporting to be the exploits of one David Rattlehead, the book is a thinly fictionalized account of Dr. Marcus Lafayette Byrn's practice in eastern Arkansas. It serves today to recount folk medical practices, traditional songs, legends, beliefs, and humor. Contains an introduction by folklorist W.K. McNeil. Drawing on data collected as part of the U. of Missouri's excavations, this in-depth treatment of the site's graves and their contents is an analysis of life during the transition from hunting, gathering, and fishing to horticulture. Extensively illustrated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587291982
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1989
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 203
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Quilter is the author of Cobble Circles and Standing Stones (Iowa, 2004), coeditor of Gold and Power in Ancient Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia and Narrative Threads: Accounting and Recounting in Andean Khipu, and director of Pre-Columbian Studies and curator of the Pre-Columbian Collection at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents


Contents

Foreword, by Robert A. Benfer


Acknowledgments


Preface


1.
Climate, Chronology, and Culture in Early Peru


2.
The Site of Paloma


3.
The Archaeological Discoveries at Paloma


4.
Quantitative Analyses of the Paloma Burials


5.
Discussion of Paloma Mortuary Practices


6.
Paloma and Preceramic Cultural History and Processes


Appendix 1.
Burial Illustrations and Data


Appendix 2.
Supplementary Tables


References Cited


Index

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