Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes

Sociopolitical, Economic, and Symbolic Dimensions


ISBN: 978-1-4614-5199-0 (Print) 978-1-4614-5200-3 (Online)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv

  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1

    2. Chapter

      Pages 3-19

      An Introduction to Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes: Sociopolitical, Economic and Symbolic Dimensions

  3. Pigment, Clay, Salt and Stone

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 21-21

    2. Chapter

      Pages 23-44

      Archaeological Approaches to Obsidian Quarries: Investigations at the Quispisisa Source

    3. Chapter

      Pages 45-64

      Variation in Inca Building Stone Quarry Operations in Peru and Ecuador

    4. Chapter

      Pages 65-97

      Building Taypikala: Telluric Transformations in the Lithic Production of Tiwanaku

    5. Chapter

      Pages 99-122

      Arcillas and Alfareros: Clay and Temper Mining Practices in the Lake Titicaca Basin

    6. Chapter

      Pages 123-136

      The Huarhua Rock Salt Mine: Archaeological Implications of Modern Extraction Practices

    7. Chapter

      Pages 137-156

      Hunter–Gatherer–Fisher Mining During the Archaic Period in Coastal Northern Chile

    8. Chapter

      Pages 157-182

      The Organization of Mining in Nasca During the Early Intermediate Period: Recent Evidence from Mina Primavera

  4. Metals

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 183-183

    2. Chapter

      Pages 185-211

      Mining Under Inca Rule in North-Central Chile: The Los Infieles Mining Complex

    3. Chapter

      Pages 213-229

      Amalgamation and Small-Scale Gold Mining in the Ancient Andes

    4. Chapter

      Pages 231-251

      Silver Mines of the Northern Lake Titicaca Basin

    5. Chapter

      Pages 253-274

      Mining, Commensal Politics, and Ritual under Inca Rule in Atacama, Northern Chile

    6. Chapter

      Pages 275-298

      Economic, Social, and Ritual Aspects of Copper Mining in Ancient Peru: An Upper Ica Valley Case Study

    7. Chapter

      Pages 299-322

      Mining Archaeology in the Nasca and Palpa Region, South Coast of Peru

  5. Discussion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 323-323

    2. Chapter

      Pages 325-334

      Some Thoughts on Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes

    3. Chapter

      Pages 335-353

      Discussion: Mineral Resources and Prehispanic Mining