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Colonization as Imperial Strategy: the Wari Settlement of Moquegua, Peru

Author(s): Donna Nash

Year: 2016

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When Wari colonists arrived to Moquegua (ca. 600CE) there were several groups occupying different valley ecozones but a relatively small population. In order to establish the colony Wari officials invested a great deal of labor and resources in the upper drainage, which engaged local and colonial populations. In this paper I consider imperial expansion as a process, which was a multi-generational affair. I examine the construction of three major sites: Cerro Baúl, Cerro Mejía, and Cerro Petroglifo, as well as the timing of these projects, which may represent different waves of colonization or regional transformations resulting from long-term interactions.

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Colonization as Imperial Strategy: the Wari Settlement of Moquegua, Peru. Donna Nash. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403922)


Colonialism Empire

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South America

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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