The Social Construction of Ychsma Communities: Dietary Practices Funerary Rituals and Group Identity on the Central Peruvian Coast (c AD 900-1470)

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The Social Construction of Ychsma Communities: Dietary Practices Funerary Rituals and Group Identity on the Central Peruvian Coast (c AD 900-1470) The Social Construction of Ychsma Communities: Dietary Practices, Funerary Rituals and Group Identity on the Central Peruvian Coast (c. AD 900-1470) Ancient communities are often rendered as predetermined, homogenous social units associated with specific archaeological sites. Challenging these perceptions, many archaeologists argue that the community is a dynamic phenomenon that is symbolically constructed via the social practices and interactions of individual members and thus must be assessed empirically rather than assumed a priori. The applicant builds on this social approach to community construction by utilizing bioarchaeological data linked to the social practices of specific individuals in order to investigate (1) the relationship between symbolic community boundaries and geographic space, (2) intra-community diversity in the interpretation and enactment of symbolic community boundaries, and (3) the negotiation of community boundaries by outside individuals. Using the Late Intermediate Period (c. AD 900-1470) Ychsma society on the central Peruvian coast as a case study, the proposed project will focus on dietary practices and mortuary rituals as social practices potentially used to denote Ychsma community identity. To reconstruct the dietary practices and mortuary treatments of Ychsma individuals, osteological, biogeochemical, and mortuary contextual data will be collected and assessed from the archaeological skeletal remains and associated mortuary contexts of burials previously excavated from two Ychsma sites, Armatambo and La Rinconada Alta.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/1/127/31/14

Funding

  • Wenner-Gren Foundation: $15,178.00

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