Pedro María Argüello García

January 23, 2015 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm


Friday, January 23rd at 3:30 pm in the Anthropology Lounge, 3106 WWPH

Pedro María Argüello García

PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh

Subsistence economy and chiefdom emergence in the Muisca area: a study of the Valle de Tena

A public dissertation presentation


Ethnohistoric and ethnographic accounts for the Andes describe "vertical economies" involving diverse production strategies and risk buffering through the exploitation of closely spaced but varied environments at different elevations. The northern Andes of Colombia do not provide as much altitudinal variation as the central Andes, but systems of "microverticality" have been proposed as vital components of chiefly political economy during prehispanic times. Spanish colonial accounts describe such a system for the Valle de Tena, a steeply descending zone adjacent to Muisca chiefdoms in the high-elevation Sabana de Bogotá. Archaeologically documented settlement patterns, however, are quite different from those expected from a microverticality model.




Location and Address

3106 WWPH Anthropology Lounge