A History Of Violence In The Lambayeque Valley

Conflict and death from the late pre-Hispanic apogee to European colonization of Peru (AD 900–1750)

Authored by: Haagen Klaus

The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict

Print publication date:  November  2013
Online publication date:  December  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415842198
eBook ISBN: 9781315883366
Adobe ISBN: 9781134677979


 Download Chapter



Human remains provide definitive and intimate evidence bearing witness to the history of violence from the Pleistocene to the present (Chacon and Mendoza 2007a, 2007b; Fiorato et al., 2000; Larsen 1997; Martin and Freyer 1997; Verona 2007; Walker 2001; this volume). Osteological indications of violence include depressed cranial fractures, facial fractures, broken ribs, defensive parry fractures, scalping, decapitation, dismemberment, torture, mutilation, trophy-taking, embedded projectiles or projectile damage and demographic variation reflecting the specific targets of violent acts (Kimmerle and Baraybar 2008; Lambert, 2007; Larsen 1997; Lovell 1997). As Lambert (2007: 202) states, the skeletal record of the injured or dead is the end point of a violent exchange. Our task is a reconstructive effort that relies on multiple lines of independent contextual evidence.

Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.