Ritual Sacrifice in Ancient Peru
- List Price: $45.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Edition: 1
- Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr
- Publish date: 07/01/2001
The essays in this book examine the archaeological evidence for ancient Peruvian sacrificial offerings of human beings, animals, and objects, as well as the cultural contexts in which the offerings occurred, from around 2500 B.C. until Inca times just before the Spanish Conquest. Major contributions come from the recent archaeological fieldwork of Steve Bourget, Anita Cook, and Alana Cordy-Collins, as well as from John Verano's laboratory work on skeletal material from recent excavations. Mary Frame, who is a weaver as well as a scholar, offers rich new interpretations of Paracas burial garments, and Donald Proulx presents a fresh view of the nature of Nasca warfare. Elizabeth Benson's essay provides a summary of sacrificial practices.
Elizabeth P. Benson is a Research Associate of the Institute of Andean Studies, Berkeley. Anita G. Cook is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Catholic University of America.