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Cheryl P. Anderson and Debra L. Martin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400691

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400691.001.0001

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Only the Men Will Do

Only the Men Will Do

A Bioarchaeological Exploration of Gender in an Andean Mass Death Assemblage

(p.37) 4 Only the Men Will Do

J. Marla Toyne

University Press of Florida

Chapter 4 applies a gendered approach to studying mass violence among the Chachapoya in Peru. While the results of this analysis of the mass death assemblage at Kuelap demonstrates that both adults and subadults were among the victims, they also show a relatively low number of adult females. This suggests that the perpetrators specifically targeted the men and may have abducted the women. This act of violence indicates that the goal of the perpetrators was likely the destruction of this community, specifically the men and children. Thus, the experience of violence among the Chachapoya at this site may have varied based upon gender.

Keywords:   Gender, Mass violence, Peru, Kuelap, Chachapoya

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