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Paper Title: CHANGING TIMES, CHANGING MOTIVES: ICONOGRAPHIC AND MATERIAL SHIFTS AMONG LOCAL POLITIES OF THE MIDDLE HORIZON (550-1050 CE)
Author: ROBIN COLEMAN (Northwestern University)   
Date/Time: Fri., 11:45 AM
Co-Author(s): ROBIN COLEMAN (Northwestern University) 
Abstract: With the expansion of the Wari Empire in the Middle Horizon (550-1050 CE) in the central Andes, marked shifts in material culture indicate the reshaping of economic and political strategies at multiple levels, e.g. household, polity, and empire. The Middle Horizon, however, was not a period of uniform political development, spatially nor temporally: imperial and local strategies were constantly negotiated and flexible, changing dramatically as political relationships and interests shifted. In this paper, I will look at two different scales of analysis in both spatial and temporal terms. Juxtaposing site-specific data with broader regional and imperial patterns, illustrates distinct networks and negotiations that composed the Wari Empire. At the same time, considering two distinct time periods highlights how responses, adjustments, and strategies shift among different populations together with broader political processes. At least in the southern expanse of the Wari Empire, ceramic decoration and obsidian provide two key datasets to investigate the relationships that developed during this dynamic period. Here, I compare the differential use of ceramic iconography and obsidian in domestic contexts from two regions that fell under Wari imperial influence, Moquegua and Majes. My analysis demonstrates how multiple pathways of power articulated with imperial strategies, as shifting politics were negotiated.

Program Number: 3-0355
Session Title: PATHWAYS TO POWER
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Fri., 10:15 AM-12:00 PM
Organizer(s): LAURA LEVI (University of Texas-San Antonio), SONIA ALCONINI 
Chair(s): LAURA LEVI (University of Texas-San Antonio)  
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