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Adaptive strategies or ideological innovations? Interpreting sociopolitical developments in the Jequetepeque Valley of Peru during the Late Moche Period
Abstract Environmental perturbations and social unrest are thought to have led to the reconstitution of traditional belief systems and hierarchical political relations on Peru’s North Coast duringExpand
Stagecraft and the Politics of Spectacle in Ancient Peru
Archaeological investigations of public spectacle as mediated architecturally can provide an effective means to interpret culturally specific power asymmetries in prehistoric societies and theExpand
Assembling the Moche: the power of temporary gatherings on the North Coast of Peru
ABSTRACT Temporary, ritualized and infrequent gatherings are commonly defined by an altered material frame, whether intensified, simplified or reconstituted. The establishment of this frame oftenExpand
Competitive Feasting, Religious Pluralism and Decentralized Power in the Late Moche Period
Ritual plays a fundamental role in the creation of political subjectivity and the materialization of ideological struggles, and its inextricable relationship to power has been the subject ofExpand
Moche ceremonial architecture as thirdspace: The politics of place-making in the ancient Andes
Ceremonial architecture at the site of Huaca Colorada in the Jequetepeque Valley, Peru, is analyzed as a ritually charged thirdspace, an interpretive move that illuminates both the creative power ofExpand
Local ideological strategies and the politics of ritual space in the Chimú Empire
This article examines the politics of ritual space in the Jequetepeque Valley, Peru after the conquest of the region by the Chimú Empire (A.D. 1200–1450). Interpretations are based on detailedExpand
Trace, Revelation, and Interpretant in Archaeological Research: The Graffiti of Huaca Colorada, Peru
Romantic notions that the advancement of archaeological knowledge depends on the thrill of unanticipated discoveries departs from the standard practice of interpreting data according to impartialExpand
The Archaeology of Ritual
The main objective of this review is to consider what archaeology can contribute to general anthropological theories on “ritual in its own right” and to highlight the potential for advancingExpand
Warfare, Gender, and Sacrifice in Jequetepeque, Peru
Abstract Archaeological data from the Jequetepeque Valley suggest that Late Moche warfare and religious sacrifice were embedded in a particular cosmological and gendered construction of the world. AsExpand