DR. CHRISTINE A. HASTORF, University of California, Berkeley, California, was awarded a grant in October 2003, to aid research on 'Multi-Comunity Formation in the Lake Titicaca Basin Bolivia.' The high (3800 m) Titicaca Basin of altiplano Peru and Bolivia is one of the few regions of the world with primary and pristine state formation. This state, the Tiwanaku Polity, has been the focus of ongoing archaeological interest for the better part of the past century. Understanding the regional processes that lead to the formation of the Tiwanaku state is the focus of this field project on the Taraco Peninsula of Lake Titicaca. This peninsula is just 15 km from the Tiwanaku urban core. At the time of the first permanent settlements in the basin, the more protected peninsula had more and denser populations and was a locus for early political dynamism. As part of the long-term research by the Taracao Archaeological Project, these past two field seasons have focused on the Late Formative, pre- Tiwanaku state phase. This is the time of socio-political consolidation and population aggregation. Found in Bandy's 2001 full coverage survey of the peninsula, the site, Kala Uyuni, was the largest ceremonial settlement during the pre-Tiwanaku phase build-up on the peninsula. The 2003 and 2005 excavations at Kala Uyuni hope to clarify the development of this aggregation with its related ceremonial and political changes. Three major excavations were completed at Kala Uyuni. The third excavation, the focus of this funding, uncovered both ceremonial and domestic Late Formative structures. The grantee now has in situ activities within two ceremonial structures and associated plaza surface material, as well as a nearby domestic structure, helping us understand the ceremonial activities of this important political phase.
Post-Ph.D. Research Grant
California, Berkeley, U. of
Hastorf, Dr. Christine A., U. of California, Berkeley, CA - To aid research on 'Multi-Community Formation in the Lake Titicaca Basin Bolivia'