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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Kurin, Danielle Shawn
URN etd-11272012-100927
Title The Bioarchaeology of Collapse: Ethnocide and Ethnogenesis in Post-Imperial Andahuaylas, Peru (AD 900 - 1200)
Degree PhD
Department Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Tiffiny A Tung Committee Chair
John W Janusek Committee Member
Steven A Wernke Committee Member
Tom D Dillehay Committee Member
Valerie A Andrushko Committee Member
  • post-imperial
  • ethnicity
  • violence
  • collapse
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Andes
  • Chanka
  • Peru
Date of Defense 2012-03-16
Availability unrestricted
This dissertation investigates the bio-cultural impacts of Wari imperial collapse in the highland Andean region of Andahuaylas, Peru. Using a comprehensive social bioarchaeological approach based on both lab work and fieldwork, skeletal, artifactual, bio-geochemical, ethnohistoric and ethnographic data are incorporated within a social and environmental archaeological context. Mortuary practices, migratory patterns, dietary trends, health indices, patterns of biological affinity, incidences of trepanation, cranial modification, and trauma are assessed to better understand how they factor in to the reformulation of ethnic identity, and variable experiences of violence during the early post-imperial era (ca. AD 1000 – 1250). These data are then used to better understand how lifeways were renegotiated following tempestuous socio-political transformations. The research demonstrates that state collapse and societal restructuring variably impacted sub-population groups. Moreover, ethnogenesis, the creation of novel ethnic groups, and ethnocide, the targeted killing of ethnic groups, are linked processes in the post-collapse era. Thus, although post-imperial times may be fraught with want and deprivation, they are also crucibles for regeneration, innovation, and resilience.
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