Mortuary Preferences: A Wari Culture Case Study from Middle Horizon Peru

  title={Mortuary Preferences: A Wari Culture Case Study from Middle Horizon Peru},
  author={William Harris Isbell},
  journal={Latin American Antiquity},
  pages={3 - 32}
  • W. Isbell
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • History
  • Latin American Antiquity
Abstract Mortuary practices reveal a great deal about the social organization of prehistoric cultures and their landscape of places. However, tombs are favored targets for looters, making it difficult to determine original burial practices. Very little was known about Wari burial during the Middle Horizon (A.D. 500–1000), even though Wari was an imperial, early Bronze Age culture with a spectacular urban capital in highland Peru. Excavations at the secondary Wari city of Conchopata produced… 

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