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By Charles Stanish

For greater than millennia sooner than the Spanish conquest, the southern sector of the relevant Andes was once domestic to dozens of societies, starting from modest chiefdoms to imperial states. makes an attempt to appreciate the political and monetary dynamics of this complicated quarter have integrated a minimum of significant theories in Andean anthropology. during this pathfinding research, Charles Stanish indicates that they're now not unique and competing types, yet fairly should be understood as adaptations inside a bigger theoretical framework.

Stanish builds his arguments round a case examine from the Moquequa area of Peru, augmented with facts from Puno. He makes use of the "archaeological family" as his simple unit of research. This method permits him to reconcile the now-classic version of zonal complementarity proposed by means of John Murra with the version of craft specialization and trade provided through Maria Rostworowski de Diez Canseco. those types of political economic climate are analyzed with the innovations of monetary anthropology within the culture of Karl Polanyi.

For scholars of archaeology, Andean stories, anthropology, and financial heritage, Ancient Andean Political Economy could be vital reading.

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