Powerful Places in the Ancient Andes
456 pages, 6 x 9
8 drawings, 51 halftones, 14 maps, 4 tables
Release Date:15 Nov 2018

Powerful Places in the Ancient Andes

University of New Mexico Press

Andean peoples recognize places as neither sacred nor profane, but rather in terms of the power they emanate and the identities they materialize and reproduce. This book argues that a careful consideration of Andean conceptions of powerful places is critical not only to understanding Andean political and religious history but to rethinking sociological theories on landscapes more generally. The contributors evaluate ethnographic and ethnohistoric analogies against the material record to illuminate the ways landscapes were experienced and politicized over the last three thousand years.

Swenson’s argument will interest archaeologists worldwide; the data itself (including seventy-four figures and tables) will be a boon to Andeanists. Choice

Justin Jennings is the senior curator of New World archaeology at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. His recent publications include Globalizations and the Ancient World and Killing Civilization: A Reassessment of Early Urbanism and Its Consequences (UNM Press). Edward R. Swenson is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto. He is a contributor to Andean Archaeology III: North and South and A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion.

List of Illustrations

Chapter One. Introduction: Place, Landscape, and Power in the Ancient Andes and Andean Archaeology

Edward R. Swenson and Justin Jennings

Chapter Two. Mountains and Pachakutis: Ontology, Politics, Temporality

Peter Gose

Chapter Three. Rise of the Cordillera Blanca: Orogeny and Imagination in Ancient Ancash, Peru

George F. Lau

Chapter Four. Landscape Biography of a Powerful Place: Raqchi, Department of Cuzco, Peru

Bill Sillar

Chapter Five. Cuni Raya Superhero: Ontologies of Water on Peru’s North Coast

Mary Weismantel

Chapter Six. Tiwanaku as Telluric Waterscape: Water and Stone in a Highland Andean City

John Wayne Janusek and Corey Bowen

Chapter Seven. Sacrificial Landscapes and the Anatomy of Moche Biopolitics

Edward R. Swenson

Chapter Eight. Moving between Homes: Landscape, Mobility, and Political Action in the Titicaca Basin

Andrew P. Roddick and John Wayne Janusek

Chapter Nine. Ancestors, Animacy, and Archives: Dynamics of Heterarchy in Pre-Hispanic Northwest Argentina

Elizabeth DeMarrais

Chapter Ten. The View from the Top: The Materiality of Mountainscapes and the Re-creation of Society in the Andean Late Intermediate Period

Anna Guengerich

Chapter Eleven. A Moving Place: The Two-Millennia-Long Creation of Quilcapampa

Justin Jennings, Stephen Berquist, Giles Spence-Morrow, Peter Bikoulis, Felipe Gonzalez-Macqueen, Willy Yépez Álvarez, and Stefanie L. Bautista


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