David Reid

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Field Museum, Chicago

Grant number

Gr. 9298

Approve Date

April 19, 2016

Project Title

Reid, David Aaron, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL - To aid research on 'Roads, Waystations, and Llama Caravans: The Political-Economy of Wari State Expansion in Southern Peru,' supervised by Dr. Patrick R. Williams

Preliminary abstract: This project investigates the role of infrastructure (i.e. the built networks of communication, travel, and commerce) in the expansion of one of the earliest state-level societies in the Americas: the Wari of the Andean highlands, whose material culture and customs spread across much of Peru during the Middle Horizon (A.D. 600-1000). Despite considerable research of Wari administrative centers in provincial settings, the mechanisms underlying Wari expansionism remain poorly problematized. This research takes a multi-scalar approach to examine a network of Middle Horizon roads and waystations that served as the conduits of Wari influence between the Ocoña and Majes Valleys of southern Peru. Archaeological excavations at three road waystations will examine how colonial entanglements between state and local societies coproduced new social contexts in a state periphery and borderland. Innovative compositional analyses of archaeological materials will provide data on processes of craft production and inter-regional trade/exchange in association with GIS-based spatial analyses. As such, this project utilizes interdisciplinary approaches to investigate the intersection of political and economic processes related to caravan-based mercantilism, formal state infrastructure, and expansionary strategies of empire.