Title

The (Mis)use of Anaology in the Interpretaion of Moche (AD 200-750) Warfare

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

4-23-2009

Conference Name

74th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology

Conference Location

Atlanta, GA

Peer Review

Invited

Abstract

Moche conflict is often interpreted through the lens of iconographic interpretations of combat between warriors and ethnographic or ethnohistoric analogies of kamay and tinkuy ritual battles. However, the interpretations of Moche conflict based upon these kinds information represent simple analogies and the logical conclusions and relevance assumptions are unwarranted, especially when considered in light of the available archaeological and bioarchaeological data. Within this paper, I present new biodistance analyses and explore additional ethnohistoric analogies to suggest that Moche warfare represented conflict between competing north coast polities, rather than strictly ritualized staged battles between Moche elite.

Disciplines

Anthropology