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Over the millennia, from stone tools among early foragers to clays toprized metals and mineral pigments used by later groups, mineral resources have had a pronounced role in the Andean world. Archaeologists have used a variety of analytical techniques on the materials that ancient peoples procured from the earth. What these materials all have in common is that they originated in a mine or quarry. Despite their importance, comparative analysis between these archaeological sites and features has been exceptionally rare, and even more so forthe Andes.Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes focuses on archaeological research at primary deposits of minerals extracted through mining or quarrying in the Andean region. While mining often begins with an economic need, it has important social, political, and ritual dimensions as well. The contributions in this volume place evidence of primary extraction activities within the larger cultural context in which they occurred. This important contribution to the interdisciplinaryliteraturepresents research and analysison the mining and quarrying of various materials throughout the region and through time. Thus, rather than focusing on one material type or one specific site, Mining andQuarrying in the Ancient Andesincorporates a variety of all the aspects of mining, by focusing on the physical, social, and ritual aspects of procuring materials from the earth in the Andean past.
|Number of Pages:||353|
|Number in Series:||1|
|Author:||Tripcevich, Nicholas , Vaughn, Kevin J.|
|Series Title:||Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology|
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H):||6.25 x 9.25 x 0.75 Inches|
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