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Ancient Andean Houses: Dynamics of Domestic Space in South America

Jerry Moore, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Fellow 2017–2018, Fall

I significantly advanced my research and manuscript, including writing three new chapters—“Introduction,” “Big Houses, Big Men,” and “Houses and Identity”—and making extensive revisions and additions to an existing draft on materials and construction methods used in prehistoric and traditional examples of Andean houses. I wrote about two- thirds of the final manuscript, scheduled for completion in December 2018. The availability of dictionaries and grammars for indigenous Andean languages such as Quechua, Aymara, Chipaya, and Muchik allowed me to explore terms and phrases associated with traditional Andean architecture, identifying not only building terms but also concepts associated with the house. The rich resources regarding horticulture and botany were extremely important for understanding the use and availability of plants incorporated into Andean houses, whether as timbers, roof thatching, or wattle. And, of course, the printed materials and visual resources—such as the Moche Archive—were absolutely invaluable to my project. I also gave seminars at the Bard Graduate Center, New York, and at the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, and I participated in the series of research reports and in the October conference “Teotihuacan: The World beyond the City.”