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Violence, Ritual, and the Wari EmpireA Social Bioarchaeology of Imperialism in the Ancient Andes$
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Tiffiny A. Tung

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037677

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037677.001.0001

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Introduction to Wari

Introduction to Wari

(p.1) 1 Introduction to Wari
Violence, Ritual, and the Wari Empire

Tiffiny A. Tung

University Press of Florida

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

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