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Water, mines and wak’a at Belen valley in the highlands of Arica: the Inca making of a central place within the Andean transect of Arica and Parinacota (18°S)

Author(s): Thibault Saintenoy ; Mauricio Uribe

Year: 2017

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Summary

Located on the edge of the Atacama Desert at the foot of the Carangas Altiplano, the Belén Valley witnessed substantial construction of imperial infrastructures during the late pre-Hispanic period. The Inca occupation was mainly related to agriculture, metallurgy and a sanctuary. The Belén Valley contains, in fact, the most important water resources in the upper basin of Azapa, copper and tin mines and an important mountain summit, which formed both economic and symbolic resources of special interest for the Empire's political economy and religious purposes. In addition to explaining the characteristics of the Inca occupation at Belen based on the results of recent archaeological research, this presentation will develop a multi-scalar perspective to identify the specificities of the territorial situation of Belén, following a comparison with the Inca occupation of the surrounding areas: the Carangas Altiplano, the coastal valleys of Arica and the Tacna sierra.


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Water, mines and wak’a at Belen valley in the highlands of Arica: the Inca making of a central place within the Andean transect of Arica and Parinacota (18°S). Thibault Saintenoy, Mauricio Uribe. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431738)


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Geographic Keywords
South America


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17068

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America