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Wayne State University (Detroit, MI 48201-1347)
Tamara L. Bray (Project Director: November 2008 to June 2013)

Collaborative Research
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$122,093 (approved)
$122,092 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2009 – 6/30/2012

Imperial Inca Statecraft and the Architecture of Power: The Late Imperial Site of Inca-Caranqui, Northern Highland Ecuador

Archaeological investigations at Caranqui on the northern frontier of the Inca empire to address questions about imperial architecture as a strategy of Inca statecraft. (30 months)

This is a proposal to conduct collaborative archaeological investigations at the recently discovered site of Inca-Caranqui on the northern frontier of the Inca empire. The rise and fall of ancient empires has long been a source of public fascination, and the New World example of the Inca defies many common stereotypes. The proposed project focuses on imperial architecture as a material strategy of Inca statecraft and will consider how such strategies evolved as a function of time and distance from the imperial center at Cuzco. Using a combination of remote-sensing, excavation, and archival research, the international team will elucidate the history, function, and significance of this important site. The proposed research will make a significant contribution to our knowledge of the imperial agenda at the outer edges of control, provide insights into Inca statecraft during the "mature" phase of empire, and document the role and evolution of state architecture in the frontier context.