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ASA Feb Lecture: "Entanglements of Conquest: The Chimú conquest of the Casma at Pan de Azúcar de Nepeña, Nepeña Valley, Peru"

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:30pm
Tom Oliver Theatre (ES 162)

Jenna Hurtubise Ph.D. Candidate, University of Alabama

Abstract: From the Romans to the Inca, empires have conquered regional ethnic groups via a multitude of direct and indirect tactics to gain territory and control resource extraction. Collective agency plays a key role in structuring interactions between locals and foreign intruders that cause transformations in material culture and cultural practices of both groups. These interactions are complex and dynamic in nature as locals respond in varying and multiple ways to episodes of conquest in relation to their own political and economic agendas, as well as how they strategize to make sense of these encounters. I am specifically interested in how locals responded immediately after conquest. In what ways were the responses dictated by the foreign states’ means of conquest, as well as indigenous agendas and values? How are negotiations between local and foreign elites and administrators at the moment of conquest reflected culturally and biologically? Are certain mediums more expressive and susceptible to change than others during this time of socio-political stress? This research focuses on these shifting and fluid responses through examining the Chimú conquest of the Casma at Pan de Azúcar de Nepeña, located in the Nepeña Valley, Peru, during the Late Intermediate Period (A.D. 1000 – 1400). Through an analysis of the cultural (architecture, ceramics, mortuary practices) and biological (skeletal analysis) data at Pan de Azúcar de Nepeña I examine the relationship and interactions between the Chimú and Casma before, during, and after conquest as well as how the Casma responded in varying ways to Chimú conquest.

Bio: Jenna Hurtubise is a Ph.D. Candidate and researcher of the Casma polity at the University of Alabama. She received her B.A in Archaeology from the University of Calgary and her M.A. in Anthropology from Louisiana State University. Since 2010, she has been working on various archaeological and bioarchaeological projects, including the Lambayeque Valley Biohistory Project, along the coast of Peru. Her M.A. research focused on identifying transformation that occurred during a mass human sacrifice as the Sicán state declined. Since 2017, she has served as Project Director of the PIAPAN archaeological research project and field school at the site of Pan de Azúcar de Nepeña in the Nepeña Valley, Peru. Her dissertation focuses on the varying ways local elites responded during times of conquest based on their personal agendas, goals, and worldviews. She explores this relationship by examining the Chimú conquest of the Casma that occurred during A.D. 1300, which she will be talking about today.

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