Charles Stanish

Visiting Research Associate


The Later Prehistory of Southern Tawantinsuyu

Dr. Stanish is preparing a book on this topic, which he describes as follows:

“This work is a synthesis the prehistory of the southern half of the Inca empire, known by their provincial names as Collasuyu and Contisuyu. This area, roughly 500,000 sq. kilometers, was the home of countless complex political groups beginning around 2000 BC. The book uses a game theoretical framework of the evolution of cooperation, focusing in on three factors most critical in the development of complex socio-political formations: ritualized labor organization, interregional exchange, and organized conflict. Using these three factors, the book will analyze the rise and collapse of socieites over almost four millennia.”

Affiliation at time of award:
Director, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, and Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

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