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Ancient TiticacaThe Evolution of Complex Society in Southern Peru and Northern Bolivia$
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Charles Stanish

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520232457

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520232457.001.0001

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The Evolution of Complex Society in the Titicaca Basin

The Evolution of Complex Society in the Titicaca Basin

(p.278) Chapter 11 The Evolution of Complex Society in the Titicaca Basin
Ancient Titicaca

Charles Stanish

University of California Press

This chapter investigates how the complex society of the Titicaca Basin evolved. It discusses the persuasive means of elite emergence, the rise of competitive peer polities during the Upper Formative Period and the nature of the Inca occupation of the Titicaca Basin. It suggests that the prehistory of the Titicaca region represents the expression of cultural processes found in other areas of the world and that it is a history of human beings making decisions within the constraints and opportunities provided to them by their physical and cultural environment.

Keywords:   complex society, Titicaca Basin, elite emergence, peer polities, Upper Formative Period, Inca occupation, cultural processes

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