Introduction to Wari

Tiffiny A. Tung

in Violence, Ritual, and the Wari Empire

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780813037677
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042183 | DOI:
Introduction to Wari

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This chapter gives a brief background on the development of the Wari Empire as it expanded from the Ayacucho Basin of central Peru to various regions across the Peruvian Andes. The author makes a case for using bioarchaeological methods to study the archaeological body to investigate both its physiological aspects and the ways it was used as political and social currency. A brief theoretical overview of the book is also presented, describing a perspective from which imperial authority is seen as a strong structuring force, while also recognizing the individual agency of those who were integrated into Wari society and those who were subjugated by Wari. The chapter concludes with a brief summary of each subsequent chapter.

Keywords: Wari; militarism; ritual; archaeological body

Chapter.  3297 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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