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Re-thinking social and chronological palimpsest. Inka domination in Quebrada de Humahuaca (Jujuy, Argentina)

Author(s): Maria Cremonte ; Clarisa Otero ; Catriel Greco

Year: 2016

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In recent years, the scenario of Inka conquest in the Quebrada de Humahuaca includes different social landscapes that can’t be explained by traditional positions. These new perspectives have been improved by contributions from other regions of Northwestern Argentina and Collasuyu. In the case of Quebrada de Humahuaca, a region with a lack in early historical sources, the archaeological visibility of processes of social dynamics and handcraft production requires constant methodological challenges. From this perspective, we believe that in the mosaic of the Inka state policies implemented in the provinces, it is necessary to outline macro-regional common paths, as well as taking into consideration different stages in the annexation process. Over a palimpsest of local and relocated ethnic groups, of which little is known of their previous political organization, the agency of each group against imperial requirements had to be very diverse. During a period extending from the first half of XV century until the XVII century, with continuations in the patterns of domination even when the empire was gone, we seek to understand the complex local histories breaking down this chronological continuum.

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Re-thinking social and chronological palimpsest. Inka domination in Quebrada de Humahuaca (Jujuy, Argentina). Maria Cremonte, Clarisa Otero, Catriel Greco. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403528)


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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