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Demography and Segmentary Sociopolitical Integration in the city of Sicán, Peru

Dr. Gabriela Cervantes Quequezana Social Sciences Department, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos - Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
Friday, March 25, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
In this talk I analyze the characteristics of sociopolitical integration in the city of Sicán with an emphasis on the Middle Sicán period (AD 950-1100) when the city flourished, by focusing on the analysis of demographic patterns of the city. Given that interpretations about Sicán have been until now based mainly on the study of monumental structures and ritual practices, in this talk I provide evidence of permanent residential patterns using the density and spatial distribution of ceramics recovered systematically from surface survey units. Results of the analysis show that the city of Sicán had a low-density urban pattern extending over a large area with a total of eight demographic districts. This pattern I argue, provides evidence of Sicán’s segmentary sociopolitical integration format.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
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Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Anthropology, Archaeology
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies