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The Archaeology of the Upper AmazonComplexity and Interaction in the Andean Tropical Forest$
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Ryan Clasby and Jason Nesbitt

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066905

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066905.001.0001

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Changing Perspectives on the Archaeology of the Upper Amazon

(p.1) 1 Introduction
(p.iii) The Archaeology of the Upper Amazon

Ryan Clasby

Jason Nesbitt

University Press of Florida

This chapter introduces the archaeology and history of the Upper Amazon. Although little studied in comparison to Andean archaeology in the neighbouring highlands, the Upper Amazon (a region including waterways such as the Amazon River and Marañon River) has long thought to have been an important region to the development of social complexity in western South America. Through an overview of the volume, this chapter highlights major issues and themes that have been the focus of Upper Amazonian archaeology, including exchange and trade, frontiers and borderlands, and interregional interaction. It finishes by suggesting future directions for the field.

Keywords:   Upper Amazon, Andean archaeology, Amazonian archaeology, interregional interaction, Social complexity, Exchange, trade, Frontiers, Borderlands

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