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Title Mining and quarrying in the Ancient Andes : sociopolitical, economic, and symbolic dimensions / Nicholas Tripcevich, Kevin J. Vaughn, editors.
Imprint New York, NY : Springer, 2013.

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Series Interdisciplinary contributions to archaeology, 1568-2722
Interdisciplinary contributions to archaeology.
Subject Mines and mineral resources, Prehistoric -- Andes.
Andes Region -- Economic conditions.
Andes Region -- Social conditions.
Andes Region -- Antiquities.
Alt Name Tripcevich, Nicholas.
Vaughn, Kevin J.
Description 1 online resource.
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Contents Introduction -- An Introduction to Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes: Sociopolitical, Economic and Symbolic Dimensions / Kevin J. Vaughn, Nicholas Tripcevich -- Pigment, Clay, Salt and Stone -- Archaeological Approaches to Obsidian Quarries: Investigations at the Quispisisa Source / Nicholas Tripcevich, Daniel A. Contreras -- Variation in Inca Building Stone Quarry Operations in Peru and Ecuador / Dennis Ogburn -- Building Taypikala: Telluric Transformations in the Lithic Production of Tiwanaku / John Wayne Janusek, Patrick Ryan Williams, Mark Golitko, Carlos Lemuz Aguirre -- Arcillas and Alfareros: Clay and Temper Mining Practices in the Lake Titicaca Basin / Andrew Roddick, Elizabeth Klarich -- The Huarhua Rock Salt Mine: Archaeological Implications of Modern Extraction Practices / Justin Jennings, Felix Palacios, Nicholas Tripcevich, Willy Yepez Alvarez -- Hunter-Gatherer-Fisher Mining During the Archaic Period in Coastal Northern Chile / Diego Salazar, Hernan Salinas, Jean Louis Guendon, Donald Jackson, Valentina Figueroa -- The Organization of Mining in Nasca During the Early Intermediate Period: Recent Evidence from Mina Primavera / Kevin J. Vaughn, Hendrik Van Gijseghem, Verity H. Whalen, Jelmer W. Eerkens -- Metals -- Mining Under Inca Rule in North-Central Chile: The Los Infieles Mining Complex / Gabriel E. Cantarutti -- Amalgamation and Small-Scale Gold Mining in the Ancient Andes / William E. Brooks, Gabriela Schworbel, Luis Enrique Castillo -- Silver Mines of the Northern Lake Titicaca Basin / Carol A. Schultze -- Mining, Commensal Politics, and Ritual under Inca Rule in Atacama, Northern Chile / Diego Salazar, Cesar Borie, Camila Onate -- Economic, Social, and Ritual Aspects of Copper Mining in Ancient Peru: An Upper Ica Valley Case Study / Hendrik Van Gijseghem, Kevin J. Vaughn, Verity H. Whalen, Moises Linares Grados -- Mining Archaeology in the Nasca and Palpa Region, South Coast of Peru / Markus Reindel, Thomas R. Stollner, Benedikt Grafingholt -- Discussion -- Some Thoughts on Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes / Richard L. Burger -- Discussion: Mineral Resources and Prehispanic Mining / Izumi Shimada.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary From stone for building to metal ores for ceremonial display, extracting mineral resources from the earth played a central role in ancient Andean civilizations. Despite this, the sites that supported these activities have rarely been a source of interest to archaeologists, and comparative analysis between mines and quarries and their features has been exceedingly rare. Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes focuses on the primary extraction of a variety of materials that, in many cases, were used by cultures like the Inca, Wari and Tiwanaku in well-studied sites. The book delves into the broader mining practices that link diverse materials for a fascinating tour of the social and economic life of the prehispanic period, and of ancient technologies, some of which are still in use. Through the politics of the societies, the practical engineering issues of mineral extraction, and the symbolic nature of the locations, readers are given a broader context of mining and quarrying than is usually seen in the literature. Here, too, is a wide variety of sites, materials, and time periods, including:Technological and social aspects of obsidian procurement focusing on the Quispisisa source. Variation in Inca building stone quarry operations in Ecuador and Peru. Clay and temper mining practices in the Lake Titicaca Basin. Pigment extraction from Chile to southern Peru from the early Holocene through the Early Intermediate Period. The Huarhua rock salt mine: archaeological implications of contemporary salt extraction practices. Later pre-Hispanic (including Inca) mining with consideration of technical, ceremonial and political context. Shifts in architectural stone quarrying during state expansion at TiwanakuMining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes will find an interested audience among archaeologists, geologists, anthropologists, historians, researchers studying Latin America, and scholars in the physical sciences with an interest in the history of mining and how mining is embedded in the wider social realm.
Note English.
ISBN 9781461452003 (electronic bk.)
1461452007 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-1-4614-5200-3
OCLC # 822997149
Additional Format Print version: Mining and quarrying in the Ancient Andes. New York, NY : Springer, 2013 (DLC) 2012951615

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