Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology

Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes

Sociopolitical, Economic, and Symbolic Dimensions

Editors: Tripcevich, Nicholas, Vaughn, Kevin J. (Eds.)

  • ​Uses comparative analysis between major archaeological mining and quarrying sites throughout the Andes
  • Places evidence of primary extraction activities within a larger cultural context
  • Contains two synthesizing discussion chapters at the conclusion of the book
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About this book

​Over the millennia, from stone tools among early foragers to clays to prized metals and mineral pigments used by later groups, mineral resources have had a pronounced role in the Andean world. Archaeologists have used a variety of analytical techniques on the materials that ancient peoples procured from the earth. What these materials all have in common is that they originated in a mine or quarry. Despite their importance, comparative analysis between these archaeological sites and features has been exceptionally rare, and even more so for the Andes. Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes focuses on archaeological research at primary deposits of minerals extracted through mining or quarrying in the Andean region. While mining often begins with an economic need, it has important social, political, and ritual dimensions as well. The contributions in this volume place evidence of primary extraction activities within the larger cultural context in which they occurred. This important contribution to the interdisciplinary literature presents research and analysis on the mining and quarrying of various materials throughout the region and through time. Thus, rather than focusing on one material type or one specific site, Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes incorporates a variety of all the aspects of mining, by focusing on the physical, social, and ritual aspects of procuring materials from the earth in the Andean past.    

About the authors

Dr. Nicholas Tripcevich is a member of the Archaeological Research Facility at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include Andean prehistory, social complexity, exchange theory, ethnoarchaeology, ancient mining, GIS, and lithic analysis. Dr. Kevin J. Vaughn is an Associate Professor in the department of Anthropology at Purdue University. His research interests include the emergence of social complexity, political economies of middle-range societies, craft production, ancient mining, village and household archaeology, the anthropology of pilgrimage, provenance analysis, archaeometry (INAA, LA-ICPMS, XRD, stable isotopes), ceramic analysis, Andean South America, Nasca.

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From the reviews:

“Tripcevich and Vaughn compiled this volume for a comparative analysis of mining and quarrying, a rare undertaking in Andean studies. … Andeanists and those interested in the extraction and processing of solid materials from the earth in any world region will find much of value in this volume. … all the chapters offer valuable new information that may serve as a baseline for future studies.” (Kylie E. Quave, Lithic Technology, Vol. 39 (1), 2014)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

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

    Vaughn, Kevin J. (et al.)

    Pages 3-19

  • Archaeological Approaches to Obsidian Quarries: Investigations at the Quispisisa Source

    Tripcevich, Nicholas (et al.)

    Pages 23-44

  • Variation in Inca Building Stone Quarry Operations in Peru and Ecuador

    Ogburn, Dennis

    Pages 45-64

  • Building Taypikala: Telluric Transformations in the Lithic Production of Tiwanaku

    Janusek, John Wayne (et al.)

    Pages 65-97

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

    Roddick, Andrew (et al.)

    Pages 99-122

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes
Book Subtitle
Sociopolitical, Economic, and Symbolic Dimensions
Editors
  • Nicholas Tripcevich
  • Kevin J. Vaughn
Series Title
Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-5200-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-5200-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-5199-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8627-6
Series ISSN
1568-2722
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 354
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