- Beautiful Things and Bones of Desire: Emerging Issues in the Archaeology of Death and Burial
- Death, Memory, and Material Culture: Catalytic Commemoration and the Cremated Dead
- African Perspectives on Death, Burial, and Mortuary Archaeology
- The Place of Veneration in Early South Asian Buddhism
- The Archaeology of Death and Burial in the Islamic World
- Burial of the Christian Dead in the Later Middle Ages
- The Unburied Dead
- Upper Palaeolithic Mortuary Practices in Eurasia: A Critical Look at the Burial Record
- Power and Society: Mesolithic Europe
- Archaeological Study of Mortuary Practices in the Eastern United States
- The Living and the Dead in later Prehistoric Iberia
- The Powerful Dead of the Inca
- Land Ownership and Landscape Belief: Introduction and Contexts
- Megaliths in North-West Europe: The Cosmology of Sacred Landscapes
- Creating Death: An Archaeology of Dying
- Treating Bodies: Transformative and Communicative Practices
- Preserving the Body
- Cremations in Culture and Cosmology
- Identities in Transformation: Identities, Funerary Rites, and the Mortuary Process
- Death and Gender
- Ancient Identities: Age, Gender, and Ethnicity in Ancient Greek Burials
- Ethnicity and Gender in Roman Funerary Commemoration: Case Studies from the Empire's Frontiers
- Engendering Ancestors through Death Ritual in Ancient China
- Death, Emotion, and the Household among the Late Moche
- Belief and the Archaeology of Death
- Insights into Early Mortuary Practices of <i>Homo</i>
- Equipping and Stripping the Dead: A Case Study on the Procurement, Compilation, Arrangement, and Fragmentation of Grave Inventories in New Kingdom Thebes
Abstract and Keywords
The Inca society of the 15th and early 16th centuries AD is known from written sources and archaeological remains in the Cuzco area (Central Andes, southern highlands of Peru). In order to understand the complexity of their powerful rulers a close reading of the sources is needed, as well as a critical evaluation of the material culture. In this chapter the logic of ritual centred in the ruling Inca is explained and extended to his world. During life he prepares for his role as a future ancestor and after death he joins his predecessors, who guarantee the welfare of their society in never-ending cycles which depend on the permanent attention of the survivors and, of course, the new Inca. Archaeological data seem to confirm this concept.
Peter Kaulicke is Professor of Archaeology at the Catholica University at Lima, Perú. He obtained his Ph.D. at Bonn University, Germany, in 1980, has served as a visiting professor in various universities, such as Paris, Barcelona, Calgary (Canada), Tokyo and Osaka (Japan), Beijing, Arica, San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) and others. He is an ordinary member of the German Archaeological Institute and commission member of the KAAK (Commission for the Archaeology of Extra-European Cultures, GAI), the director of the Boletín de Arqueología PUCP and member of several editorial boards, author, editor and co-editor of numerous books and papers. He has conducted excavations in numerous sites in different parts of Perú since 1973. He is especially interested in comparative archaeology, history of archaeological research in Perú, ethnohistory and archaeology, origins of agriculture, origins of social complexity, funerary concepts and contexts, art and religion.
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