Wari Community Organization

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:
Wari Community Organization

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This chapter presents the age-at-death and sex distributions at all three sites, and the strontium isotope and ancient mtDNA data from Conchopata. Those demographic data are used to reconstruct the forms of community organization at each site and how they differ. At Conchopata, there are significantly more females than males, and the author suggests that this may be because men died while away on military campaigns, never to return to their home community to receive proper burial. The Beringa demographic profile appears to represent the once-living community and indicates that it was a village community with extended family groups. The La Real demographic profile is not representative of a once-living community; there are few infants and children, and significantly more men than women, which likely reflects a burial program whereby adult men were preferentially selected for burial there.

Keywords: age at death; sex; migration; strontium isotope analysis; mtDNA; mortuary practices

Chapter.  14134 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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