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Violence, Ritual, and the Wari Empire – A Social Bioarchaeology of Imperialism in the Ancient Andes - Florida Scholarship Online
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Violence, Ritual, and the Wari Empire: A Social Bioarchaeology of Imperialism in the Ancient Andes

Tiffiny A. Tung


The Wari Empire was one of the first politically centralized civilizations in the New World, governing various parts of the Peruvian Andes between ad 600 and 1000. This study of human skeletons reveals the biological and social impact of Wari imperialism on people's lives, particularly its effects on community organization and the frequency of violence of both ruling elites and subjects. The Wari expanded dramatically as a product of its economic and military might. This book reveals that their political and military elites promoted and valorized aggressive actions, such as the abduction of me ... More

Keywords: Wari, imperialism, bioarchaeology, violence, trophy heads, Peru, Andes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813037677
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tiffiny A. Tung, author