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Chungará (Arica)

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NASH, Donna. FEASTING AND THE WARI POLITICAL ECONOMY IN MOQUEGUA, PERU. Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2011, vol.43, n.2, pp.221-242. ISSN 0717-7356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562011000200005.

Feasting is currently considered a significant component of political activities in archaic states. Several feasting venues and associated preparation areas have been recovered from the Wari sites of Cerro Baúl and Cerro Mejía on the State's southern periphery in the Moquegua Valley of Peru. Elaborate meals were prepared for important ritual and social gatherings and established social contracts, political ties, and hierarchies. Feast meals and accoutrements varied depending on their context. This article takes a comparative approach to illuminate the archaeological markers of feasting in different venues and its relationship to political control in the Wari State.

Keywords : Political economy; Wari; empire; houses; feasting; archaeology of Moquegua.

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