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The Evolution of Complex Society in the Titicaca Basin

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/9780520232457.003.0011
The Evolution of Complex Society in the Titicaca Basin

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This chapter investigates how the complex society of the Titicaca Basin evolved. It discusses the persuasive means of elite emergence, the rise of competitive peer polities during the Upper Formative Period and the nature of the Inca occupation of the Titicaca Basin. It suggests that the prehistory of the Titicaca region represents the expression of cultural processes found in other areas of the world and that it is a history of human beings making decisions within the constraints and opportunities provided to them by their physical and cultural environment.

Keywords: complex society; Titicaca Basin; elite emergence; peer polities; Upper Formative Period; Inca occupation; cultural processes

Chapter.  10024 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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