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Paper Title: THE INKA IMPERIAL FRONTIER: CIRCULATION NETWORKS AND THE MATERIALIZATION OF POWER
Author: SONIA ALCONINI   
Date/Time: Fri., 11:15 AM
Co-Author(s): SONIA ALCONINI 
Abstract: In this presentation, I will summarize the results of my research in different parts of the eastern Inka imperial frontier. Specifically, I will compare three regions: Charazani located to the east of the Titicaca basin, Oroncota in the valleys of Chuquisaca, and Manchachi in the eastern tropical Chaco piedmonts. I will use ethnohistoric and archaeological data from excavations, survey and analysis of material culture in order to assess the nature of the Inka imperial frontiers. In doing so, I will assess the movement and circulation of peoples, goods and resources across the frontier, and the socioeconomic factors that promoted, modified or prevented such interaction. Specifically, my goals are: (1) to understand the effects that the Inka arrival had in the existing frontier settlement trends, (2) to assess the function of the Inka facilities in the distinct frontier regions, (3) to comprehend the changes in the circulation of resources and peoples promoted by the establishment of the Inka frontier, and (4) to understand the relations that frontier populations maintained with outer groups and the imperial core. Whereas the Charazani region represents a case of direct colonization including the significant mobilization of mitmaqkuna productive colonies and a prestige-goods economy, Oroncota and Manchachi illustrate more indirect forms of control manifested in the establishment of strategic alliances with the native elite. The results will illustrate the dynamic nature of the Inka imperial frontiers, the kinds of local-imperial relations, and the Inka strategies involving the colonization and materialization of power in these contested spaces.

Program Number: 3-0355
Session Title: PATHWAYS TO POWER
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Fri., 10:15 AM-12:00 PM
Organizer(s): LAURA LEVI (University of Texas-San Antonio), SONIA ALCONINI 
Chair(s): LAURA LEVI (University of Texas-San Antonio)  
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