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the Rise of Competitive Peer Polities in the Upper Formative Period

Charles Stanish

in Ancient Titicaca

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520232457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928190 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520232457.003.0007
the Rise of Competitive Peer Polities in the Upper Formative Period

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This chapter traces the emergence of competitive peer polities in the Titicaca Basin during the Upper Formative Period. It explains that the transition from the Middle to the Upper Formative period was marked by the adoption of social and political hierarchies. It suggests that the relationship between autonomous or semiautonomous polities was one means of competition. The archaeological analysis reveals that the Upper Formative sites conform well with our understanding of complex chiefly societies and incipient state societies.

Keywords: peer polities; Titicaca Basin; Upper Formative Period; social hierarchies; political hierarchies; chiefly societies; incipient state societies

Chapter.  14468 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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