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Building the Sacred Valley: Landscape transformation during the Killke Period (ca. 1000–1400 CE)

Julia Earle - Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Anthropology
Friday, October 29, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
Over the course of Inka state expansion, consecutive Inka regimes carried out a series of construction and engineering projects in the Sacred Valley. By transforming the landscape, these projects aimed to materialize sovereign claims while ostensibly delegitimizing the legacies of the local non-Inka peoples that occupied this region. Contrary to ethnohistoric narratives that portray the Sacred Valley as wild and uncivilized prior to Inka intervention, regional archaeological research has begun to reveal how local groups actively adapted the environment to support their diverse lifeways, both before and during Inka occupation. In this paper, I will present the results of site survey and reconnaissance in the Sacred Valley, drawing on architecture, terrace systems, and tombs as evidence to reconstruct the shifting political landscape during the Killke Period, and evaluate the development of early Inka strategies of statecraft and territorial expansion.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
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Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Anthropology, Archaeology
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of Anthropology