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Impact, Expansion and Heterogeneous Strategies of the Tawantinsuyu at its Borders: The Case of Santiago del Estero in the Eastern Lowlands of Argentina

Author(s): Carlos Angiorama ; Constanza Taboada

Year: 2016

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In this presentation we discuss the particular situation of a set of archaeological sites located in a small area of Santiago del Estero’s lowland (central Argentina), outside the territory traditionally included in the Collasuyu. The area concentrates several sites where Inca and Andean artefacts were found at the beginning of the 20th century, along with Inca features incorporated to the archaeological pottery and to ethnographic textiles. Moreover, there are certain kind of archaeological objects found in exorbitant number, a strong presence of quichua language in the area and myths related to the Inca. However, there are not Inca settlements or other type of Inca artefacts such as imperial pottery. The area could be the origin of ceramist and warrior mitmaqkuna, but also a center of production of objects at large scale. Based on on-going fieldwork, we propose that this area and its inhabitants could have been of economic and politic interest for the Tawantinsuyu. In this sense, the latter would have developed alliances with this population framed on its spatial and strategically heterogenous expansion to certain sectors of the Eastern lowlands at the end of the Empire.


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Impact, Expansion and Heterogeneous Strategies of the Tawantinsuyu at its Borders: The Case of Santiago del Estero in the Eastern Lowlands of Argentina. Carlos Angiorama, Constanza Taboada. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403524)


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Argentina Inca Lowlands

Geographic Keywords
South America


Spatial Coverage

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

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America