Llama Caravan Transport: A study of mobility with a contemporary Andean salt caravan
This talk is about a study of transportation in highland Peru where we travelled with a traditional llama caravan for fourteen days. Our focus was on studying transport speed and how trails and obstacles were negotiated, attention to changes in trail steepness and the footing, and other trail characteristics. The ability to transport goods is a key attribute of mobile pastoralism in both contemporary settings and in the past. In mountainous environments, groups of cargo‐bearing animals being led along trail systems was often the principal means of moving food and other goods between communities. These kinds of interrelationships facilitated the development of strong economic ties and influenced social organization through time. While the act of transport itself usually leaves little physical evidence along the route, the archaeological implications of regional transport and trade are far reaching.
Nicholas Tripcevich. "Llama Caravan Transport: A study of mobility with a contemporary Andean salt caravan" 73th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Mar. 2008.
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