1st Edition

Caravans in Global Perspective Contexts and Boundaries

Edited By Persis B. Clarkson, Calogero M. Santoro Copyright 2022
    286 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a fresh and unique global perspective on the study of caravans by bringing together a wealth of up-to-date research that explores the similarities and divergences of caravan lifeways in Africa, Eurasia, the Near East, Southwest Asia, Mesoamerica, and the Andes. The volume presents theoretical frameworks for caravan assessment and intercultural caravan crossings, pushing the boundaries of caravan route history and archaeology to consider the emergence, evolution, maintenance, and adaptations of caravans. Drawing from anthropological, archaeological, historical, geographical, economic, social, political, and art historical perspectives, the volume will be attractive to scholars of these disciplines and beyond who are interested in social issues embedded on trade, travel, and nomadism.


    Editorial Introduction

    Calogero M. Santoro and Persis B. Clarkson

    1. Early Modern Caravan Networks in Afghanistan: A View From Above

    Kate Franklin Emily Boak

    2. Travel Times Versus Transport Costs on Maya Rivers

    Ronald Canter

    3. Assessing Human Mobility and Dietary Patterns in the Atacama Desert Using Stable

    Isotopes: The Tarapacá Case (AD 900-1450)

    Francisca Santana-Sagredo, Julia Lee-Thorp, Rick Schulting, Mauricio Uribe, and Chris Harrod

    4. Historic Caravans in Tanzania: Toward Reinvigorating Multidiscipliary Exploration

    Thomas John Biginagwa

    5. From Northwest Argentina to the Atacama Desert: Circulation, Goods, and Value (900 BC – AD 400)

    Francisco Gallardo, Benjamín Ballester, Gloria Cabello, Carole Sinclaire, Itaci Correa, Gonzalo Pimentel, and Estefanía Vidal

    6. Wari State Control of Camelid Caravan Traffic Between the Coast and Highlands of the Southern Nasca Region, Peru

    Matthew J. Edwards

    7. Caravans and Long Distance Trade in Roman Egypt

    Matt Gibbs

    8. The Overland "Great Silk Road": Myths and Realities (A Politically Incorrect Paper on a Politically Correct Subject)

    Anatoly M. Khazanov

    9. Birth and Growth of Medieval Trans-Saharan Trade in West Africa: The Example of the Caravan City of Sijilmasa (Morocco)

    Chloé Capel

    10. Caravanner and Herder-Horticulturalist Connections on an Atacama Desert Trafficking Route AD 950-1450

    José Berenguer

    11. Maritime Trails: The Sea Route from the Mediterranean to China in Precolonial Times

    John Miksic

    12. Neither Caravanners Nor Herders: Participation by The Coastal and Lowland Peoples in the Caravan Network of the Northern Atacama Desert, Chile, AD 1000-1535

    Daniela Valenzuela, Bárbara Cases, Calogero M. Santoro, Paola Leiva, Persis B. Clarkson, Francisca Urrutia, and Adrian Oyaneder

    13. Human Caravans of Mesoamerica

    Persis B. Clarkson and William R. Fowler


    Persis B. Clarkson’s archaeological research spans the western deserts of the Americas, the tropical forests of Mesoamerica, and the boreal forests of Canada. She teaches anthropology at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada, and is a temporary but keenly observant inhabitant of the Atacama Desert.

    Calogero M. Santoro lives at the Instituto de Alta Investigación at the Universidad de Tarapacá in Arica, Chile, where multidisciplinary research ranges through socialcultural changes and climate variability from the Pleistocene to the present in hyperarid environments.