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Chungará (Arica)

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Abstract

BERENGUER R, José  and  CACERES R, Iván. THE INKAS IN THE SOUTHERN ALTIPLANO OF TARAPACÁ: EL TOJO REVISITED. Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2008, vol.40, n.2, pp.121-143. ISSN 0717-7356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562008000200002.

This article is a reassessment of the El Tojo site and the surrounding area in the Huasco basin, an isolated, sparsely populated strip of land usedfor animal husbandry in the southem Altiplano of Tarapacá, situated between large agricultural population nodes. The article addresses three main issues: (1) the time depth and cultural diversity ofthe late prehispanic occupations in the área under study, (2) Hans Niemeyer's long-accepted interpretation ofthe El Tojo site as an Inka tampu, and (3) the nature and reasonsfor the Inkapresence at these internodal locations. Discussion ofthese tapies is addressed with data drawnfrom extensive field survey surface collections, and testpits excavated atfive residential sites, including El Tojo. The information is examined in a broader context that includes the late cultural complexes of Bolivia 's Southem Altiplano and those of Chile 's Tarapacá Región.

Keywords : Inka; El Tojo tampu; internodal locations; Tarapacá Región.

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