Pre-Columbian extraction of raw materials in southern Peru
Southern Peru is one of those landscapes which has so far been studied very little, especially with regard to issues of raw materials. Surprisingly, the fabled gold riches of the pre-Columbian cultures of South America have hardly led to any studies about raw material extraction. For the most part, specific objects have been used to investigate archaeometallurgical and craftwork-related questions. In this respect, however, southern Peru has tended to be overshadowed by the better-investigated areas in the coastal zone of northern Peru and of the Altiplano. And yet the south Peruvian landscape is at least equally revealing.