Daily Life in Tiwanaku

Welcome to our website. This project is the product of many hours of work in the library and the computer lab. We, the members of the daily life team made this website for the course CSE 106/ANTH 253, Visualizing the Past/Peopling the Past, at the University of Pennsylvania in the Fall of 2005. We would like to give you a taste of the life of a common person in the ancient city of Tiwanaku. The ancient city of Tiwanaku is located near the shore of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. It was a time when great monuments were erected as a symbol of the cosmological unity of all things, and for the first time in the regions history, great numbers of people were gathering and interacting with one another in a cosmopolitan setting. However, beyond the grandeur, real people ate, slept, farmed, and told their myths around their hearths at night. Upon entering this site a fictitious Tiwanaku family will give you a tour of their home. You will be with them as they wake, tend their animals, prepare meals, craft, and pray. This site is intended for educational and entertainment purposes. In the creative process many liberties were take with regards to unknown historical and architectural facts. However, whenever possible this recreation is accurate to archaeological evidence. The compound is from Tiwanaku IV (550-700 A.D.). For more information about the recreation process please consult the "Process" section at the bottom.

Greetings and good morning. My name is Janq’u (which means “He who brings peace and tranquility”), and I will be your guide today. Before we enter our house compound, let me explain a little bit about how we ended up here. Our ancestral root is the Western Moquegua Valley, from along the banks of the Osmore River (in modern day Peru). My relations first visited this area when the Tiwanaku came to dominance in our region and moved our sacred idols to this temple complex. My ancestors, like many peoples still do today, made regular pilgrimage to the Tiwanaku ceremonial center, and over time many settled permanently at Tiwanaku. To follow me, simply click on the next arrow below the text. If you do not wish to take the tour, feel free to look around on your own. You can move from building to building by clicking on the building names
next to the compound at the bottom of the screen. If you want to find out more about our lives here, click the highlighted words in my text and they will take you to more information. Are you ready? Let’s go!

screenshot, person, and image editing by Di

text co-written by Sarah and Di

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More information

1. Waking up
2. Tending Animals
3. Procuring Daily Necessities
4. Cooking Food
5. Making Ceramics

6. Other Activities
7. Religious Rituals and Practices
8. Going to Bed