Inca-Caranqui and Volcan Imbabura



The archaeological site of Inca-Caranqui is located near the foot of Mt. Imbabura in the northern highlands of Ecuador. Situated at the very northern edge of Tawantinsuyu, Inca-Caranqui likely represents the last major imperial building event prior to the Spanish invasion. The Inca-Caranqui Archaeological Project was designed to investigate the role of this site within the larger imperial agenda as well as how it figured in the context of the local political landscape. The archaeological research conducted at Inca-Caranqui over the past several years offers new insights into the origins, nature and affiliation of this site; Inca strategies of statecraft during the "mature" phase of empire; and the ways in which imperial state installations communicated and compelled new systems of order in the distant provinces.

Team   Photos and Maps
  The Site  
Results   Inca

Check out the article about the project in in Archaeology Magazine, December, 2012.


The archaeological research undertaken at Inca-Caranqui was made possible by the following institutions and agencies whose support we gratefully acknowledge:

Dumbarton OaksNational Endowment for the HumanitiesNational Geographic SocietyUniversity of New Mexico Lidar LabWayne State UniversityWenner-Gren Foundation

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