"Becoming Moche": An Examination of Models of Ethnogenesis Using Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Data for teh Early Itermediate Period (AD 200-750) in the Moche Valley, Peru

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Negotiating Identities: Defining and Compartmentalizing the Self and Group in Multi-Cultural Settings: 78th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology

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Honolulu, HI

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Class-Structured Gene Flow During the Moche Occupation of San José de Moro (AD 500 – 850), Jequetepeque Valley, Perú The mortuary site San José de Moro, located within the Jequetepeque Valley, Perú, was used throughout the Moche (AD 500 – 850) and Lambayeque (AD 950 – 1200) periods. The ability to infer class distinctions based upon mortuary data for more than 900 individuals provides a unique opportunity to explore class-structured gene flow at the San José de Moro, where, over time, there is an increased presence of exotic grave offerings in elite tombs. This paper explores class-structured gene flow using R-matrix analyses of phenetic tooth trait frequencies during the Moche occupation of San José de Moro.


Anthropology | Archaeological Anthropology