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Reading: Naipes (axe moneys): a pre-Hispanic currency in Peru

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Naipes (axe moneys): a pre-Hispanic currency in Peru

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John F. Merkel ,

UCL Institute of Archaeology, GB
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Maria Ines Velarde

UCL Institute of Archaeology, GB
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Abstract

Between AD 900 and 1100 in northern Peru, high-status members of the Middle Siccin culture were buried in large tombs accompanied by elaborate grave goods that included gold, silver and copper objects, and also pieces of sheet metal known as naipes. Metallurgical study of naipes at the Institute supports the view that they were a form of "primitive money".
How to Cite: Merkel, J.F. & Velarde, M.I., (1998). Naipes (axe moneys): a pre-Hispanic currency in Peru. Archaeology International. 2, pp.57–59. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.0217
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Published on 23 Nov 1998.
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