Conrad, Geoffrey W.. The burial platforms of Chan Chan: some social and political implications

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The burial platforms of Chan Chan: some social and political implications

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Chan Chan: Andean desert city, edited by Michael E. Moseley and Kent C. Day

Published By: Original publisher Chan Chan: Andean desert city, edited by Michael E. Moseley and Kent C. Day Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. 2010. 87-117 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Geoffrey W. Conrad

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2015. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Chimu (SE75)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Special burial practices and funerals (766); Chief executive (643); Miscellaneous structures (349); Mourning (765); Miscellaneous facilities (368); Inheritance (428); Dating methods in archaeology (1211); Form and rules of government (642);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is an examination of the mortuary practices for Chimu kings. Ten compounds ([i]ciudadelas[/i]) within Chan Chan correspond with the ten kings listed in traditional histories. There are descriptions the burial platforms within the [i]ciudadelas[/i], what features they have, the number and type of cells, forecourts, additions, contents (as much as can be determined as they have been thoroughly looted), where they are located within the compounds, and their relative chronology. Additional evidence is given for patterns of use, ritual human sacrifice, and repeated ceremonies that were part of the cult of the dead king. The compounds are interpreted as the products of split inheritance: after a king's death the new king assumed his political power, while (other) heirs received his wealth, to be used in part for the continued, posthumous veneration of the ruler. The institution of split inheritance forced the new king to find wealth through taxation of the provinces or new conquests, making Chimu a military expansionist state.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 8

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. se75-008

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: For bibliographical references see document 18:[Moseley and Day] (2010, References) Reprint of 1982 copy

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document not specified

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Archaeologist-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Sarah Berry; 2014

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1100-524 BP (AD 900-1476)

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Trujillo province (Moche Valley), La Libertad, Peru

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Chanchán (Peru)


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