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Beyond the Nasca LinesAncient Life at La Tiza in the Peruvian Desert$
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Christina A. Conlee

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062020

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062020.001.0001

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The Dynamics of Complex Societies

The Dynamics of Complex Societies

(p.13) 2 The Dynamics of Complex Societies
Beyond the Nasca Lines

Christina A. Conlee

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents the theoretical background to studying the dynamics of complex societies and presents the perspectives used to interpret the archaeological data from La Tiza and the Nasca region. The theories used to study complexity on the Peruvian coast are detailed, and several central factors are identified. These include the role of marine resources and domesticated plants, increases in coastal/inland interactions, agricultural intensification through irrigation, warfare, religion, and climate change. There is also an exploration of theory on the collapse and regeneration of complex societies.

Keywords:   complexity, theory, collapse, regeneration

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