Chapterhead: Detail of Paracas embroidered textile (drawing courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum).
This book emerges out of research that I carried out during my Ph.D., funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. I am grateful to all those institutions for the funding they provided.
While, naturally, I am solely responsible for any weaknesses, this book represents the results of the work and contributions of many others. I would particularly like to thank the following:
The members of the Proyecto de Investigación Arqueológica Samaca who made field-work possible and so enjoyable: Mario Advincula, Tom Birch, Julie-Manon Breuil, Lauren Cadwallader, Isabel Cornejo, Claudia Grimaldo, Mark Oldham, Brian Pitman, Gustavo Ramirez and Leanne Zeki. Most of all to my co-director, Susana Arce Torres of the Museo Regional de Ica and to my valued friends and colleagues, Kevin Lane, Sandy Pullen and Fraser Sturt.
The Instituto Nacional de Cultura, Peru for permissions to carry out fieldwork.
All the members of the George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory for Bioarchaeology, University of Cambridge, past and present, particularly Rachel Ballentyne, Alan Clapham and Lila Janik. Members of the department of Geography, University of Cambridge: Chris Rolfe, Will Fletcher, Phil Hughes, and most of all to Steve Boreham for his time and expertise. Many members and ex-members of the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge: Manuel Arroyo-Kalin, Julie Boreham, Elizabeth DeMarrais, Charly French, Paul Heggarty, Alex Herrera, Martin Jones, Karen Milek, David Redhouse and Geraldine Slean.
Carmela Alarcón, Oscar Portocarrero, Wolfgang Stuppy and David Goldstein, for their help in identifying plant fossils; Manuel Gorriti Manchego and Lauren Cadwallader for their mollusc identifications; Helen Lewis for thin section assessments; and Alex Chepstow-Lusty for pollen identifications and much help and advice besides.
Many in Lima and Ica, including Herman Berger, Mariano Cabrera, Rodrigo Nuñez, Tomás d'Ornellas, César Patroni, Félix Quinteros of the Universidad Nacional San Luis Gonzaga de Ica, Peru, Julio Sánchez, Richard Stoddart and, in particular, Claudia Lüthi and Sony a Curasi.
(p.xii) My academic editor, Warwick Bray, for his suggestions on this book, and much help and advice besides; two anonymous reviewers and one anonymous reader; and my copy-editor, Carol Fellingham Webb.
Above all, I owe thanks to my wife, Chloe, and children, Georgia and Arthur, for their patience and understanding; to my friend and collaborator Oliver Whaley of the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew; to all the people, past and present, of the Escuela Libre de Puerto Huamaní, Samaca; and to Don Alberto Benavides Ganoza. Todo han sido solo posibles gracias a su acogida y visión, una visión que pocos parecen compartir …