Understanding an Alternative Pattern of Coalescence: A Study of Architecture and Organization at a Non-fortified, Pre-Inca Town in Highland Peru
Author(s): Ryan Smith
This study presents an analysis of the architecture and spatial organization at Maukallaqta de Nuñoa, a prehispanic site within the highlands of Peru dating to the Late Intermediate Period (AD 1000 – 1450). Within the northern Titicaca Basin where the site is located, hillforts dominate the archaeological landscape during this time as a result of increased political fragmentation and social discontinuity. While these hillforts often display very little architectural investment other than their fortification walls, Maukallaqta boasts over 300 well-preserved house structures along with dozens of chullpa burial towers, slab-cist tombs, and other structures which are unevenly distributed throughout the site. The organization and spatial relation of these structures in addition to the site’s non-fortified nature provide immediate clues as to the exceptional use of this space during the Late Intermediate Period. Preliminary results based on site-wide architectural mapping and further GIS analysis demonstrate fundamental differences between the planning, use of space, and nature of social life at Maukallaqta and that of contemporaneous hillforts.
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Understanding an Alternative Pattern of Coalescence: A Study of Architecture and Organization at a Non-fortified, Pre-Inca Town in Highland Peru. Ryan Smith. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429990)
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Abstract Id(s): 17205