Title

Early Holocene coca chewing in northern Peru

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Abstract

Chewing coca in South America began by at least 8000 cal BP: our authors found and identified coca leaves of that date in house floors in the Nanchoc Valley, Peru. There were also pieces of calcite - which is used by chewers to bring out the alkaloids from the leaves. Excavation and chemical analysis at a group of neighbouring sites suggests that specialists were beginning to extract and supply lime or calcite, and by association coca, as a community activity at about the same time as systematic farming was taking off in the region.

Publication Name

Antiquity

Volume Number

84

First Page

939

Last Page

953

Issue Number

326

DOI

10.1017/S0003598X00067004

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