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Variabilidad y función de la cerámica del sitio Wari de Marayniyoq, Ayacucho, Perú

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Central Andes, Wari, grinding stones, vessels, maize beer production, women

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In this paper I discuss the function of the pottery assemblage uncovered from the Wari site of Marayniyoq, in the Ayacucho Valley, of the central highlands of Peru. Using the ethnographic example as a model to define the function of pottery vessels, this study indicates that the large pottery vessels found at Marayniyoq were origi- nally manufactured to store and transport beverages. Once broken, most of these large vessels were restored and reused. At this stage, the vessels were no longer used for the original purpose, but instead as storage vessels. Because at the site there is grinding equipment that suggests that grinding was also an important activity, it is apparent that the restores vessel were used to store grains that perhaps were used in fermented beverages such as chicha. Consequently, at Marayniyoq we have a clear evidence for the reuse of large pottery vessels. Because during Inka times fermented maize beer was produced by women, there is also some evidence that suggests that something similar also existed during the time of the development of Wari.

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Valdez, Lidio. "Variabilidad y función de la cerámica del sitio Wari de Marayniyoq, Ayacucho." Arqueología y Sociedad 15 (2004): 61-92.



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