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Political Landscapes of the Late Intermediate Period in the Southern Andes

The Pukaras and Their Hinterlands

Editors: Álvarez Larrain, Alina, Greco, Catriel (Eds.)

  • Focuses on the pukaras - the stone hill forts of the Inca Empire - and surrounding nations
  • Covers large portions of the South American Highlands (Altiplano)
  • Includes contributions by authors from over 15 research institutes in different countries, both prominent senior researchers and young researchers, and shares new perspectives on the field of Andean archaeology
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This book studies the relationship between pukaras and their surrounding landscape, focusing on the architectural and settlement variability registered in both contexts. It is the outcome of a symposium held at the XIX National Congress of Argentine Archaeology (San Miguel de Tucuman, August 8–12, 2016) entitled, "Pukaras, strategic settlements and dispersed settlements: Political landscapes of the Late Intermediate Period in the Southern Andes." Based on the topics discussed at the event, this book presents nine case studies covering a large geographic area within the Southern Andes (northwestern Argentina, northern Chile and southern Bolivia), and breaking the national barriers that tend to atomize pre-Hispanic landscapes.

The respective chapters cover a wide range of themes: from architectural and settlement variability, ways to build and inhabit space, social segmentation and hierarchy; to endemic conflict, analysis of accessibility and visibility, spatiality and temporality of landscapes; as well as new dating. This book goes beyond the Late Intermediate Period (LIP) analyses from the perspective of fortified settlements and material evidence related to war, by placing the focus on how ancient political landscapes were constructed from the relation between the pukaras and other sites as part of the same territory.

The methodologies used include pedestrian surveys, photogrammetric surveys with UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) or drones, topographic and architectural surveys, excavations of households, ceramic and rock art analysis, and spatial analysis with geographic information systems (GISs). Given the numerous thematic interconnections between the contributions, the Editors have organized the chapters geographically, moving from south to north: from the southern valleys of Catamarca Province in Argentina to Lipez in the southern part of the Bolivian Altiplano, passing through the Calchaqui valleys of Catamarca, the puna and Quebrada de Humahuaca of Jujuy in northwest Argentina and the Antofagasta region in northern Chile.

The book provides valuable new theoretical and methodological perspectives on the study of political landscapes of the Late Intermediate Period in the Southern Andes . 


About the authors

Alina Álvarez Larrain holds a Bachelor´s degree in Anthropology (2009) and a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) (2015), Argentina. Currently she is a Postdoctoral fellow at the Research Center in Environmental Geography (CIGA) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), investigating local spatial knowledge and perceptions of archaeological landscapes in localities of Mexico and Argentina. She has been a PhD fellow at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina (CONICET) between 2009 and 2014 studying settlement patterns and the construction of landscapes in the Calchaqui Valleys of Argentina. Since 2005 she has been a researcher at the Yocavil Archaeological Project at the Ethnographic Museum "J. B. Ambrosetti" (UBA). Her research focuses on the study of the landscapes and pre-Hispanic architecture of farmer populations of the Argentine Northwest. She has published 17 articles in national and international scientific books and journals with peer review, as well as 15 presentations at national and international scientific meetings. Her works included use of remote sensing, GIS, settlement patterns, ceramic and rock art analysis. 

Catriel Greco holds a Bachelor´s degree in Anthropology (2007)  and a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2012) , where he also worked as assistant teacher for 5 years. Currently is researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina (CONICET) at the Department of Geology, National University of San Luis (UNSL). He has been a fellow of CONICET between the years 2007-2012, which allowed him to carry out his doctoral research on temporality and spatiality in the archaeology of the Calchaqui Valleys of Argentina. He was a postdoctoral researcher (2013-2015) at the Research Center in Environmental Geography (CIGA) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He has also participated in research and extension teams at the national universities of Buenos Aires, San Luis and Mexico. He has published 17 articles in national and international scientific books and journals with peer review, as well as 29 presentations at national and international scientific meetings. 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-9

    Álvarez Larrain, Alina (et al.)

  • Defensibility Analysis with Geographical Information Systems in a Pukara in the Hualfín Valley, Argentina

    Pages 11-34

    Wynveldt, Federico (et al.)

  • Photogrammetric Survey with UAV of Strategic Villages of Yocavil (Catamarca, Argentina)

    Pages 35-60

    Greco, Catriel

  • Chacras of the Pukara: The Late Occupation (Tenth–Sixteenth Centuries) of Mesada De Andalhuala Banda, Yocavil (Catamarca, Argentina)

    Pages 61-94

    Álvarez Larrain, Alina

  • The Monumentalization of Dwelling Spaces in West-Central Santa María Valley During the Late Intermediate Period (AD 1000–1450), Northwest Argentina

    Pages 95-129

    Coll Moritan, Victoria

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Landscapes of the Late Intermediate Period in the Southern Andes
Book Subtitle
The Pukaras and Their Hinterlands
Editors
  • Alina Álvarez Larrain
  • Catriel Greco
Series Title
The Latin American Studies Book Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76729-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76729-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76728-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09567-3
Series ISSN
2366-3421
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 271
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 140 illustrations in colour
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