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PUKARA DE KHONKHO

 

 

Aerial view of the Pukara.

 

 

Pukara de Khonkho

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Pukara de Khonkho1 is located approximately 3.5 kilometers north of Khonkho Wankane, and it covers a mountainous landscape at the southern edge of the Kimsachata-Chilla range (Figure 1)(~4100-4300 m.a.s.l.).

During the early-mid twentieth century, the site was the subject of small-scale archaeological research that demonstrated post-Tiwanaku chronological and social affiliations.

The research of Proyecto Jach'a Machaca, spearheaded most intensively by Jennifer Zovar,2 has clarified some of the chronology and character of the settlement, while raising new and intriguing questions regarding the nature of post-Tiwanaku demographic movement, settlement choices, and social affiliations.

Figure 1: Some important Formative sites in the southern Lake Titicaca Basin

 

Footnotes:


1. The following text consists of excerpts drawn from the paper in progress, The Machaca Region of the Southern Lake Titicaca Basin: Past Research and a Revised Chronology for the Sites of Khonkho Wankane and Pukara de Khonkho, John W. Janusek, to be published in Advances in the Archaeology of the Lake Titicaca Basin, Vol. II, edited by Elizabeth Klarich, Abigail Levine, Alexei Vranich, and Charles Stanish (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press).

 

2. Pukara de Khonkho the focus of Zovar's dissertation research at Vanderbilt University.

 

 

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