In this book leading experts uncover and discuss archaeological topics and themes surrounding the long-term trajectory of camelid (llama and alpaca) pastoralism in the Andean highlands of South America. The chapters open up these studies to a wider world by exploring the themes of intensification of herding over time, animal-human relationships, and social transformations, as well as navigating four areas of recent research: the origins of domesticated camelids, variation in the development of pastoralist traditions, ritual and animal sacrifice, and social interaction through caravans. Andeanists and pastoral scholars alike will find this comprehensive work an invaluable contribution to their library and studies.
Nicholas Tripcevich is a research associate and laboratory manager for the Archaeological Research Facility at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a contributor to Trade and Exchange: Archaeological Studies from History and Prehistory and coeditor of Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes: Sociopolitical, Economic, and Symbolic Dimensions.
"This is the only book-length discussion of traditional Andean camelid pastoralism I know of that fully integrates historical, ethnographic, and archaeological information concerned with the economic and sociopolitical roles of these camelids over the past 10,000 years." --Jeffrey R. Parsons, author of Prehispanic Settlement Patterns in the Northwestern Valley of Mexico: The Zumpango Region