Bioarchaeological Insights on Dental Health and Diet After the Fall of the Wari Empire in the Peruvian Andes

Alysha L Tribbett, Tiffiny Tung

Abstract


This research project looked at the dental health of Late Intermediate Period skeletons from the Wari capital to assess their consumption patterns. A high rate of dental disease coupled with carious lesions indicative of coca chewing supports the hypothesis that post-Wari populations maintained many of the agricultural practices and trade networks of the former state, including consumption of large quantities of maize and frequent coca chewing.

Keywords


Wari; State Collapse; Huari; dental disease; coca chewing; Andes

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v6i0.2897

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