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McDonald Annual Lecture 2013

Christine A. Hastorf (University of California-Berkeley) - Houses, Food, and Distributed People in the Later Prehistory of the Central Andes (AD 1000–1500)
When Nov 13, 2013
from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Mill Lane Lecture Room 3
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The lecture will be followed by a reception in the McDonald Institute Courtyard Building, Ground Floor.

Christine Hastorf provides the following abstract for her lecture: ‘In some communities agency is extant in non-human things. Plants and houses also can carry purposes beyond symbols. In pursuit of why we study archaeology, in this talk I discuss a group of people who display their changing world through their lived lives. By looking at their daily world we gain a glimpse of their distributed, communal bodies. Around AD 1100 the small communities scattered around the inter-montane valleys in central Peru aggregated into larger towns. This Late Intermediate Period was a time when the populace became more localized in its local food production due to political and demographic changes. The residents, while congested within walled towns, reached out into other production zones outside of the valley for diverse crops. Maize became the backbone of ritual with its use in chicha beer, in addition to other stimulants, as ceremonial commensality increasingly became part of social life. Some foodstuffs were transported into these upland sites from lower environmental zones. This included not just condiments like chile peppers, but also maize and coca, food for the deities. Those families with the power to augment their local food production participated more fully in the social ceremonial cycles. People lived with their dead suggesting their identities went well beyond the individual body. Getting closer to how others lived, places our own histories into greater context.’

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Christine HastorfDr Hastorf (Ph.D., UCLA, 1983), Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, is known for her contributions to palaeoethnobotany, agriculture, meaning and the everyday, food studies, political economy, and ritual in middle-range societies of the Andean region of South America. She has written and edited many articles and ten books, including Heads of State (2008, Left Coast Press, with Denise Arnold), Past Ritual and the Everyday (2001, Kroeber Anthropological Society, University of California-Berkeley), Empire and Domestic Economy (2001, Plenum Press, New York, with T.N. D’Altroy), Agriculture and the Onset of Political Inequality before the Inka (1993, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge), Corn and Culture in the Prehistoric New World (1994, Westview Press, with S. Johannessen), The Uses of Style in Archaeology (1990, Cambridge University Press, with Margaret Conkey), and Current Paleoethnobotany (1988, University of Chicago Press, with V. Popper). She has completed fieldwork in Mexico, California, New Mexico, Italy, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Turkey and England. She oversees an archaeobotanical laboratory at UC Berkeley.

Christine A. Hastorf
232 Kroeber Hall
Department of Anthropology
University of California
Berkeley, CA  94720