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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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Wari Community Organization

Wari Community Organization

Demography, Migration, and Mortuary Treatment

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Violence, Ritual, and the Wari Empire

Tiffiny A. Tung

University Press of Florida

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

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