Excavations at Vilcabamba


After the Incas failed to regain control of their capital city from the Spaniards in 1536, many Inca loyalists withdrew into the Vilcabamba region. Over the next 40 years of organized indigenous resistance to Spanish rule, much of the Inca royal court was centered in the town of Vilcabamba and a host of critical events occurred in the region. Despite the important role that the city of Vilcabamba held in the final years of the Inca Empire, there have been few archaeological projects aimed at understanding its layout or the activities that occurred within its boundaries. This paper presents the results of recent excavations in the city and the recovery of new information concerning the final decades of Inca rule in the Andes.

Cite this Record

Excavations at Vilcabamba. Brian Bauer, Javier Fonseca Santa Cruz, Miriam Araoz Silva. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403825)


Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

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