The Maritime Foundations of Andean Civilization: A Reconsideration of the Evidence

  title={The Maritime Foundations of Andean Civilization: A Reconsideration of the Evidence},
  author={J. Scott Raymond},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  pages={806 - 821}
  • J. Raymond
  • Published 1 October 1981
  • Environmental Science
  • American Antiquity
Moseley's contention that coastal Peruvian civilization was founded on a maritime subsistence economy is challenged, and the evidence that he used to substantiate his claim is re-examined. It is argued that: (1) the number of calories represented by the faunal remains in the late preceramic sites of the central coast is too few to have supported more than a simple hunter-gatherer society; (2) the potential productivity of the agricultural food plants present in the preceramic sites has been… 
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