Mapping the Cuzco Ceque System

Author(s): Brian Bauer; Matthew Piscitelli

Year: 2018


The Cuzco Ceque System was composed of 328 shrines (huacas) organized along 41 lines (ceques) that radiated out from the city of Cuzco, the Inca capital. Historic research indicates that the ceque system was conceptually linked to the fundamental social divisions of the Cuzco region. The ceque system of Cuzco has been frequently discussed in the literature, and anthropologists and historians have long speculated on the locations of shrines in the system and the projection of the ceque lines. The goal of this study is develop an empirical understanding of the distribution of the Inca shrines and the direction of the ceque lines across the Cuzco region using field data as well as Google Earth Pro.

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Mapping the Cuzco Ceque System. Brian Bauer, Matthew Piscitelli. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443857)

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min long: -82.441; min lat: -56.17 ; max long: -64.863; max lat: 16.636 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 19984