New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA): Michael A. Malpass (Anthropology, Ithaca College), “The Middle Horizon Site of Sonay: New Radiocarbon Dates (!) and Interpretations (?)” , Thursday, April 2 ant 6:30 pm in room 208 of the Center for Natural Sciences at Ithaca College.
Abstract: Wari is a state-level society that existed throughout the central and south central Andes during the Middle Horizon(ca 600-1000 C.E.) of the Andean chronological scheme. Sonay is considered to be a small Wari center in southern Peru. It consists of an orthogonal compound with very few artifacts. In the 1990s, it was dated to the late Middle Horizon by two calibrated dates in the tenth century and architectural similarities to other Wari sites. However, the late dates and absence of good Wari ceramics was, and is, an issue. Colleagues have suggested the site might represent an attempt by a later local lord to copy Wari material culture in order to improve her or his status. Two new dates were obtained for the site last year and will be discussed along with the assessment of which of the earlier interpretations is correct. The broader issue to be addressed is how much and what kind of data are needed to make cultural affiliations? Are some data types given preference over others?