NIELSEN Axel Emil
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The materiality of ancestors: chullpas and social memory in the late prehispanic history of the South Andes
AXEL E. NIELSEN
Memory Work: Archaeologies of Material Practices
School of Advanced Research Press
Lugar: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; Año: 2008; p. 207 - 232
This paper discusses the role played by ancestor veneration in the political transformations experienced by South Andean peoples during the early second millenium AD. It argues that the construction of stone towers or chullpas throughout the region was central to the invention of a collective past in which the new social order was immanent. The visibility, endurance, ubiquity, and multifunctionality of these ancestral embodiments used as burials, silos, altars allowed people to engage in a direct interaction with ancestors throughout their daily lives, turning history and the contingent power structures that emerged from it, into a present, necessary fact.