Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2015

Publication Source

Current Anthropology

Volume

56

Issue

5

Inclusive pages

762-771

DOI

10.1086/683269

Publisher

University of Chicago Press

ISBN/ISSN

0011-3204

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Population structure analyses and biodistance comparisons for Middle Moche (550–700 AD), Late Moche (700–850 AD), and Transitional (850–950 AD) period skeletal samples from San José de Moro with a previously reported Middle Moche period sample from Pacatnamú, a nearby Jequetepeque Valley site, and eight samples from Huaca de la Luna and Cerro Oreja, two sites in the Moche Valley, suggest that substantial levels of extralocal gene flow into the Jequetepeque Valley from the adjacent highlands to the east occurred during the demise of the Moche polity there. This process strongly corresponds to evidence for a temporal increase in exotic grave offerings at San José de Moro during the Late Moche and subsequent Transitional periods. The broader implications of these results for our understanding of the demise of the Moche are discussed.

Disciplines

Anthropology

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