March 2016: Collambay, the Chimú and Inca Empires: Political Power and Identity in the Chaupiyunga Landscape of the Moche Valley, Peru

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Mar 20, 2016 at 3pm

Collambay, the Chimú and Inca Empires: Political Power and Identity in the Chaupiyunga Landscape of the Moche Valley, Peru

Alicia Boswell

Collambay, located in the chaupiyunga zone of the Moche Valley in northern Peru, sits on the eastern frontier of the coastal Chimú empire and was home to an Inca King’s coca fields. Archaeological, ethnohistorical and linguistic data from Collambay indicates its residents interacted with the coastal Chimú Empire, local Highland groups, and Inca Empire throughout the Late Andean Period (AD 1000-1470). Local residents relationships with imperial powers enabled local populations to gain regional political power and assert their local identity in the built and natural landscape of the chaupiyunga. This case study provides an opportunity to examine chaupiyunga residents’ role and negotiated relationships with imperial powers as well as the opportunity to document the culture history of a minority group in the Andes.

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