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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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Earliest Inhabitants

Earliest Inhabitants

The Beginnings of Complexity

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Beyond the Nasca Lines

Christina A. Conlee

University Press of Florida

This chapter covers the initial inhabitants and the foundations of local society in Nasca and at La Tiza. What is known about the Preceramic in the region is discussed, followed by a description of the units excavated at La Tiza and the conclusions generated from their analysis. The site was first occupied in the Middle Preceramic around 3600 B.C., when hunters and gatherers lived in the area subsisting on wild resources and some domesticated plants. Connections between the highlands and the coast are documented through the presence of goods such as obsidian and marine shell. It is proposed that people living at La Tiza may have been semisedentary, occupying the settlement for part of the year and moving to the coast, lomas (fog oasis), and highlands during other times.

Keywords:   Preceramic, hunters and gatherers, domesticated plants, obsidian, semisedentary

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