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Los vecinos de Nasca: entierros de la tradición Huarato del valle de Acarí, Perú

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Acari, Nasca, tombs, Early Intermediate Period, South Coast, Central Andes

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In this paper I report results of the recent archaeological research carried out at three Early Intermediate Period sites in the Acari Valley, on the south coast of Peru. Current results indicate that there were at least four different burial types, one of which appears to have been mainly reserved for infants while the other three were used for any member of the society, including infants. With one exception, each mortuary structure was built to house a single individual. Bodies were wrapped in textiles and placed in a seated posture, with the knees flexed towards the chest, the arms placed under the lower limbs and the hands near the genitals or the feet. In addition, body orientation is consistently toward north. Many graves were provided with a roof, while only some received offerings. These differences had nothing to do with age or sex, however. The mortuary customs discussed in this paper differ significantly from Nasca burial practices; for instance, Nasca goods are not among burial offerings. Such notable variations testify that Nasca and Huarato were different cultural traditions.

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Valdez, Lido. "Los vecinos de Nasca: entierros de la tradición Huarato del valle de Acarí, Perú." Bulletin de l'Institut Français d'Etudes Andines 35, no. 1 (2006): 1-20.



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