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Andean ethnohistory and archaeology

Case studies from highland Peru
A workshop at the Sainsbury Research Unit (University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK) 24 November 2010

This workshop considered intersections between ethnohistory and archaeology in the Andes, especially the roles that early historical documents have in enriching the study of the archaeological record. Themes included Andean ceremonialism, political authority and community organization. With participants from the USA, Italy and Peru, there was a special focus on northern Peru and highland transformations in Ancash during the 16th and 17th centuries. Each presentation was followed by discussions, based on the talk and readings made available before the session.

Time & venue

24 Nov 2010 (Wed. 10.45 am - 6.15 pm), SRU Seminar room (Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich). Free. For more info and to confirm place for seating and catering purposes, please contact [].


Session A (10.45-13.15), theme: The Hernández Príncipe document and Ancash archaeology
Topic 1 (R. Tom Zuidema, University of Illinois-Urbana) – Discussion of Hernández Príncipe
Topic 2 (Carolina Orsini & Elisa Benozzi, Castello Sforzesco-Milan) – On history and archaeology at Puruhuay, Ancash
Topic 3 (Sofia Venturoli, University of Bologna) – On colonial communities in Ancash

Lunch (13.15-14.00)

Session B (14.00-16.20), theme: Ethnohistory in northern & central Peru
Topic 4 (Gabriel Ramón, Catholic University, Lima) – "From objects to concepts in Andean Archaeology"
Topic 5 (Susan Ramírez, Texas Christian University) – On north coast and Inka ethnohistory

Tea (16.20-17.00)

Keynote lecture (17.00-18.15), offered as part of UEA’s World Art Research Seminar series, by Prof. R. Tom Zuidema (University of Illinois-Urbana), “Precise calendars and ritual-political order in Andean textiles: Inca, Huari and Tiahuanaco” (SCVA Lecture Theatre)

Reception (18.15-19.00)

Workshop dinner (19.30-)