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The Acllacona and Mitmacona: diet, ethnicity, and status  

Bethany Turner-Livermore and Barbara R. Hewitt

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Jun 2018
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Apr 2018
This chapter discusses research by the authors among Inca populations from two sites in Peru. Machu Picchu was a royal Inca estate, close to the imperial capital of Cuzco and inhabited by ... More

Andean Statecraft before the Incas  

Jerry Moore

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Jun 2018
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Apr 2018
This chapter presents an overview of pre-Inca states in the Andes, describing patterns of statecraft that came before the Inca Empire. The earliest evidence for Andean urbanism and ... More

Applied Archaeology in the Americas: Evaluating Archaeological Solutions to the Impacts of Global Environmental Change  

Jago Cooper and Lindsay Duncan

This chapter considers the role of archaeology in creating solutions for coping with the impacts of global environmental change, illustrated by cases from Latin America. Past examples of ... More

Camelid hunting and herding in Inca times: a view from the south of the empire  

Guillermo Luis Mengoni Goñalons

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
South American Camelids (SAC) occupied a central role in the development of Andean societies and were an essential element of the cultural landscape. During the Inca period camelids had a ... More

Child Sacrifice in the Ancient Andes: Power and Sociopolitical Dynamics in Antiquity  

Deborah Blom

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May 2018
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Jun 2018
While reports of child sacrifice in the ancient Andes are often sensationalized to captivate popular audiences, the study of the practice provides archaeologists with an important means of ... More

Chinchaysuyu and the Northern Inca Territory  

Dennis Ogburn

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Jun 2018
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Apr 2018
Based on available archaeological and ethnohistorical data, this chapter examines the nature of Inca presence in the norther portion of the empire. Located in present-day Ecuador, this ... More

Colonial Demography and Bioarchaeology  

Melissa S. Murphy

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Jun 2018
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Apr 2018
A growing body of bioarchaeological research into the biocultural effects of Spanish colonialism on native Andean communities shows that traditional and popular narratives emphasizing the ... More

Conclusions: reassessing Inca hard power  

Alan Covey and Sonia Alconini

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Jun 2018
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Apr 2018
This chapter is an editorial conclusion to Part 3, responding to the central issues raised in chapters on the military, political, and economic power of the Inca state. The concluding ... More

Conclusions: retracing the intellectual journey of Inca origins  

Alan Covey and Sonia Alconini

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Jun 2018
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Apr 2018
This chapter is an editorial conclusion to Part 1, addressing the themes of Inca origins that emerged in chapters on colonial chronicles, Andean prehistory, and the material remains of the ... More

Conclusions: colonial Incas and the myths of conquest  

Alan Covey and Sonia Alconini

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Jun 2018
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Apr 2018
This chapter is an editorial conclusion to Part 7, developing important concepts that appear in the chapters on different aspects of continuity and change in the early colonial Andes. As ... More

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