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New Perspectives on Moche Political Organization
     

New Perspectives on Moche Political Organization

by Jeffrey Quilter (Editor), Luis Jaime Castillo B (Editor), Elizabeth P. Benson (Contribution by), Brian Billman (Contribution by), Steve Bourget (Contribution by)
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780884023623
Publisher:
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia Series , #24
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

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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