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Huari Administrative Structure

Prehistoric Monumental Architecture and State Government

William H. Isbell and Gordon F. McEwan, editors

Dumbarton Oaks Other Titles in Pre-Columbian Studies

Architecture, Archaeology, Pre-Columbian Studies

From the Preface: "The archaeological imprint of administrative structure is imprecise at best, and more often it is both tenuous and equivocal. yet for cultures without written records it is the only testament available to signal the past existence of specific administrative and governmental forms. . . . While stylistic and iconographic variabilities and unities can be explained by the activities of religion and exchange, monumental architecture viewed from the perspective of regional patterns of settlement is more solidly an expression of political organization; it is at the core of a society informing where and within what structural conceptions the people function. William Isbell and Gordan McEwan rightly founded this investigation of Huari administrative structure on the presence and features of Huari monumental architecture."

Papers resulting from the 15–17 May 1985 round table

 

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