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Diet, Nutrition, and Foodways on the North Coast of Peru

Bioarchaeological Perspectives on Adaptive Transitions


Part of the Bioarchaeology and Social Theory book series (BST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Bethany L. Turner, Haagen D. Klaus
    Pages 1-10
  3. Bethany L. Turner, Haagen D. Klaus
    Pages 11-28
  4. Bethany L. Turner, Haagen D. Klaus
    Pages 29-43
  5. Bethany L. Turner, Haagen D. Klaus
    Pages 45-66
  6. Bethany L. Turner, Haagen D. Klaus
    Pages 67-83
  7. Bethany L. Turner, Haagen D. Klaus
    Pages 85-111
  8. Bethany L. Turner, Haagen D. Klaus
    Pages 113-156
  9. Bethany L. Turner, Haagen D. Klaus
    Pages 157-176
  10. Bethany L. Turner, Haagen D. Klaus
    Pages 177-189
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 191-227

About this book


This book synthesizes in-depth bioarchaeological research into diet, subsistence regimes, and nutrition—and corresponding insights into adaptation, suffering, and resilience—among indigenous north-coastal Peruvian communities from early agricultural through European colonial periods.

The Spanish invasion and colonization of Andean South America left millions dead, landscapes transformed, and traditional ways of life annihilated. However, the nature and magnitude of these changes were far from uniform. By the time the Spanish arrived, over four millennia of complex societies had emerged and fallen, and in the 16th century, the region was home to the largest and most expansive indigenous empire in the western hemisphere.

Decades of Andean archaeological and ethnohistorical research have explored the incredible sophistication of regional agropastoral traditions, the importance of food and feasting as mechanisms of control, and the significance of maritime economies in the consolidation of complex polities. Bioarchaeology is particularly useful in studying these processes. Beyond identifying what resources were available and how they were prepared, bioarchaeological methods provide unique opportunities and humanized perspectives to reconstruct what individuals actually ate, and whether their diets changed within their own lifespans.


foodways and health outcomes in social complexity bioarchaeological study of individual life histories centrality of foodways in understanding social complexity indigenous imperialism and European colonialism deeper study of colonialism in the Andes

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

About the authors

Dr. Bethany L. Turner received her PhD in Anthropology from Emory University. She has published 20 peer-reviewed papers and 9 book chapters in social bioarchaeology, geochemical bioarchaeology, and the anthropology of food and diet, including 1 with Springer. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. She has also served as an Associate Editor for Journal of Archaeological Science since 2018. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Haagen D. Klaus received his Ph.D. in anthropology from The Ohio State University in 2008. Since 2002, he has directed the Lambayeque Valley Biohistory Project in Peru, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the National Geographic Society. He has previously co-edited three volumes and two special issues of the International Journal of Paleopathology, and has authored or co-authored 23 journal articles and 25 book chapters on diverse topics, from the diagnosis of diverse infectious and metabolic diseases in human skeletal remains to paleodiet, funerary archaeology, colonialism, biological distance analysis, and ritual violence. He is currently an associate professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason Unviersity in Fairfax, Virginia.   

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Diet, Nutrition, and Foodways on the North Coast of Peru
  • Book Subtitle Bioarchaeological Perspectives on Adaptive Transitions
  • Authors Bethany L. Turner
    Haagen D. Klaus
  • Series Title Bioarchaeology and Social Theory
  • Series Abbreviated Title Bioarch. Soc. Theo.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-42613-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-42616-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-42614-9
  • Series ISSN 2567-6776
  • Series E-ISSN 2567-6814
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 227
  • Number of Illustrations 19 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History, general
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