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H 245 x W 175 mm

166 pages

56 figures (37 plates in colour)

Published Apr 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789691849

Digital: 9781789691856

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Castillo de Huarmey; female high-elite; Wari; Grave goods; Peru

Archaeopress Pre-Columbian Archaeology 11

Wari Women from Huarmey

Bioarchaeological Interpretation of Human Remains from the Wari Elite Mausoleum at Castillo de Huarmey, Peru

By Wieslaw Wieckowski, Wiesław Więckowski

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Excavations at the Castillo de Huarmey archaeological site brought to light the first intact burial of female high-elite members of the Wari culture. This book presents the results of bioarchaeological analyses performed to date, and focuses on reconstructing the funeral rite and social status of the deceased.



List of figures; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1 - The Site and the Excavations; Chapter 2 - A brief introduction to Wari; Chapter 3 - Archaeological Context; Chapter 4 - State of Preservation and Taphonomic Issues; Chapter 5 - Results of Bioarchaeological Analyses and Their Interpretation; Chapter 6 - Funerary Rite Reconstruction (from the bioarchaeological point of view); Chapter 7 - Who were the women of Castillo?; Epilogue; Technical Notes; Bibliography

About the Author

WIESLAW WIECKOWSKI (born 1974) is a graduate of the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw. He has also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he specialized in bioarchaeology and funeral archaeology. He has worked on many sites, including Ashkelon, Gesher, Tel Zahara in Israel, Achaia Klaus in Greece, Churajon, and Maucallacta in Peru, both as archaeologist and bioarchaeologist. Since 2010, he has been a member of the Polish-Peruvian research team, led by Miłosz Giersz, that in 2013 discovered the first completely preserved burial of the highest elites of the Wari culture at the site Castillo de Huarmey. He is currently professor at the Department of Bioarchaeology of the University of Warsaw.