Qhapaq Ñan Project´s research at the Guarco Site, Cañete Peru


The accounts about Inca domination of the Cañete valley had been proposed as the example of Inca military strategies. The El Guarco site was proposed by these accounts as the head of a kingdom that establish a fierce resistance to the Incas that was later overwhelmed by an unmerciful repression. Although this presences in the ethno historic accounts, is little what we know about the political and social organization of this kingdom and the functions that the El Guarco had inside this society. In the year 2014 the Qhapaq Ñan Project started a research at this site. In this first season we have the goal to establish the chronological and spatial organization of the site. In light to these early results, we want to discuss what is known of the Guarco Kingdom social political organization, the possible roles that El Guarco site had. In addition we seek to understand what changed at the site when the Inca conquest of the valley. The goal is to inform about the political strategies that local groups deployed when dealing with the expansion of regional political formation.

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Qhapaq Ñan Project´s research at the Guarco Site, Cañete Peru. Giancarlo Marcone, Nina Castillo, Rodrigo Areche, Geraldine Huertas. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395480)


Cañete EL Guarco Incas

Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;