Exploring Local and Imperial Strategies in the Chincha Valley


Inca archaeologists have regarded the Chincha Valley as a special case of imperial expansion due to the privileged position that the Chincha held within Tawantinsuyu. From the ethnohistoric documents we learn that the Chincha Kingdom was powerful, controlling long-distance maritime trade to Ecuador. The Chincha also relied on a highly specialized economy composed of fishermen, merchants, and agriculturalists. Previous studies of the Chincha Valley have emphasized coastal centers of fishermen and merchants, but in this poster session I present new research on how the large agricultural center of Las Huacas accommodated economic changes during the Late Horizon (A.D. 1470-1532). The archaeological site of Las Huacas covers 105-ha. and contains unique stratigraphy, a 2.5 m deposit that accumulated throughout the Late Horizon. This deposit is composed of various layers of fill and distinct floors, allowing us to establish a fine-grained chronology within the Late Horizon and explore changes that were brought about by the Inca occupation of the valley. By analyzing the cultural artifacts, plant material, faunal remains, and a series of architectural transformations associated with these distinct levels, this poster will present recent research on which activities at Las Huacas changed and which remained largely unchanged during Inca occupation.

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Exploring Local and Imperial Strategies in the Chincha Valley. Jordan Dalton, Paula Patricia Moreno Zapata. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443861)

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Spatial Coverage

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

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Abstract Id(s): 20590