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New Perspectives on Moche Political Organization

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This volume brings together essays on the nature of political organization of the Moche, a complex pre-Inca society that existed on the north coast of Peru from c. 100 to 800 CE. Since the discovery of the royal tombs of Sipán in 1987, the Moche have become one of the best-known pre-Hispanic cultures of the Americas and the focus of a number of archaeological projects. But the nature of Moche political organization is still debated. Some scholars view the Moche as a monolithic state, others see a clear ...
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This volume brings together essays on the nature of political organization of the Moche, a complex pre-Inca society that existed on the north coast of Peru from c. 100 to 800 CE. Since the discovery of the royal tombs of Sipán in 1987, the Moche have become one of the best-known pre-Hispanic cultures of the Americas and the focus of a number of archaeological projects. But the nature of Moche political organization is still debated. Some scholars view the Moche as a monolithic state, others see a clear distinction between a northern and southern Moche polity, and yet others argue that the most accurate model is one in which each valley contained an independent polity. In a presentation of new data and new perspectives, the authors debate these competing theories. Based on a set of papers presented by sixteen international scholars at the Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Studies symposium held in Lima, Peru, in 2004, this volume marks an important point in the development of Moche archaeology and will be a landmark work in Pre-Columbian studies.
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Jeffrey Quilter is Deputy Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University.

Luis Jaime Castillo B. is Professor of Humanities and Archaeology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru.

William L. Fash, Jr. is Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology and William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Joanne Pillsbury vii

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 Many Moche Models 1

An Overview of Past and Current Theories and Research on Moche Political Organization Luis Jaime Castillo B Jeffrey Quilter

Chapter 2 Maya Political Structure As A Possible Model For The Moche Elizabeth P. Benson 17

Chapter 3 Moche State Religion 47

A Unifying Force in Moche Political Organization Christopher B. Donnan

Chapter 4 Moche Sociopolitical Organization 70

Rethinking the Data, Approaches, and Models Izumi Shimada

Chapters 5 Moche Politics In The Jequetepeque Valley 83

A Case for Political Opportunism Luis Jaime Castillo B.

Chapter 6 Moche Power And Ideology At The El Brujo Complex And In The Chicama Valley Régulo Franco Jordán César Gálvez Mora Segundo Vásquez Sánchez 110

Chapter 7 Theocracy And Secularism 132

Relationships between the Temple and Urban Nucleus and Political Change at the Huacas de Moche Santiago Uceda Castillo

Chapter.8 City Planning And Architecture In The Analysis Of Moche Social Formation José Canziani Amiko 159

Chapter 9 How Moche Rulers Came To Power 181

Investigating the Emergence of the Moche Political Economy Brian R. Billman

Chapter 10 Cultural Assignations During The Early Intermediate Period 201

The Case of Huancaco, Virú Valley Steve Bourget

Chapter 11 Moche Political Expansionism As Viewed From Virú 223

Recent Archaeological Work in the Close Periphery of a Hegemonic City-State System Jean-François Millaire

Chapter.12 Moche Political Organization In The Santa Valley 252

A Case of Direct Rule through Gradual Control of the Local Population Claude Chapdelaine

Chapter 13 Religion, Ethnic Identity, And Power In The Moche World 280

A View from the Frontiers Krzysztof Makowski

Chapter 14 An Outsider's Reflections On Moche Political Organization William L. Fash 306

References 323

Notes on the Contributors 369

Index 373

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