An Andean Mountain Shrine: The Case of Balconcillo de Avillay, Huarochiri (Lima, Peru)


One of the characteristics of ritual practices in the Andean Society is the presence of shrines in top of mountains related to local deities. These shrines formed part of ancient cultural landscapes that involved settlements, farmlands, cemeteries, and even complex road systems. Most of these ritual spaces are not regularly present in the archaeological record, yet they are frequently mentioned in etno-historical accounts.

This study presents a preliminary analysis of a shrine located in the top of a mountain between two archaeological sites: Balconcillo de Avillay and the Inka Road of Nieve Nieve – Canturillas. This shrine presents defined and complex architectural features shown by the presence of red wall painting and a large system of platforms that surround the top of the mountain. The shrine is also related with funerary structures associated with the site of Balconcillo de Avillay, a Late Intermediate site in the Upper Lurin Valley, in the Central Coast of Peru.

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An Andean Mountain Shrine: The Case of Balconcillo de Avillay, Huarochiri (Lima, Peru). Bryan Núñez Aparcana, Jorge Rodríguez Morales, Raúl Zambrano Anaya. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428936)

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Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16496