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Intervention in local textile-making as a Tahuantinsuyu strategy for linking Northwest Argentina with the Atacama Desert, Northern Chile (A.D. 1350–1500)

Agüero, Carolina
Quaternary international 2018
anthropology, fabrics, rivers, watersheds, Argentina, Chile
Based on the premise that textiles can contain information about situations of intercultural contact, including their degree of intensity, a group of textiles recovered from the Doncellas site in Northwest Argentina—some housed in the Ethnographic Museum Juan B. Ambrosetti (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and others in the Archeological Museum Dr. E. Casanova (Tilcara, Argentina)—were examined and related information was updated to bring to light the relational dynamics between the Salar of Atacama and neighboring territories that may have impacted both the Salar and the Loa River basin. In this paper we focus on one of those territories, Northwest Argentina, with the assumption that links established between that region and the Atacama would have intensified in the period ca. A.D. 1350–1500. This analysis led to our proposal that a process of expansion occurred in the Atacama at the time that was linked to the interests of the Inka Empire.