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Ancient Households on the North Coast of Peru

edited by Ilana Johnson, David Pacifico, & Robyn E. Cutright

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 An insightful, fresh contribution to understanding the prehistory of the North Coast.”
—Marc Bermann, University of Pittsburgh

"This volume is a key text to have on any bookshelf, and emerging research will surely draw from this significant work for years to come."
Latin American Archaeology

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Ancient Households on the North Coast of Peru provides insight into the organization of complex, urban, and state-level society in the region from a household perspective, using observations from diverse North Coast households to generate new understandings of broader social processes in and beyond Andean prehistory.
Many volumes on this region are limited to one time period or civilization, often the Moche. While Ancient Households on the North Coast of Peru does examine the Moche, it offers a wider thematic approach to a broader swath of prehistory. Chapters on various time periods use a comparable scale of analysis to examine long-term continuity and change and draw on a large corpus of prior research on states, rulership, and cosmology to offer new insight into the intersection of household, community, and state. Contributors address social reproduction, construction and reinforcement of gender identities and social hierarchy, household permanence and resilience, and expression of identity through cuisine.
This volume challenges common concepts of the “household” in archaeology by demonstrating the complexity and heterogeneity of household-level dynamics as they intersect with institutions at broader social scales and takes a comparative perspective on daily life within one region of the Andes. It will be of interest to both students and scholars of South American archaeology and household archaeology.
Contributors: Brian R. Billman, David Chicoine, Guy S. Duke, Hugo Ikehara, Giles Spence-Morrow, Jessica Ortiz, Edward Swenson, Kari A. Zobler

Ilana Johnson is professor of anthropology at Sacramento City College. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, UCLA Institute of American Cultures, and the UCLA Latin American Studies Program. She is coeditor of From State to Empire in the Prehistoric Jequetepeque Valley, Peru.

David Pacifico is assistant professor and director of the Emile H. Mathis Gallery and UWM Art Collection at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, and the University of Chicago.

Robyn E. Cutright is the Charles T. Hazelrigg Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Her research has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Social Science Research Council, a Fulbright Fellowship, and the Curtiss T. and Mary G. Brennan Foundation. She is coeditor of Comparative Perspectives on the Archaeology of Coastal South America / Perspectivas Comparativas sobre la Arqueología de la Costa Sudamericana and author of The Story of Food in the Human Past: How What We Ate Made Us Who We Are.

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  • Hardcover Price: $80.00
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-64642-090-2
  • Ebook Price: Open Access
  • EISBN: 978-1-64642-091-9
  • Publication Month: February
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Pages: 324
  • Illustrations: 76
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  • Author: edited by Ilana Johnson, David Pacifico, & Robyn E. Cutright
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