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Cultural Legibility and the Provincial Inca Empire: Subjugation of the Inca in Local Memory and Ritual in Huarochirí

Carla Hernández Garavito, Vanderbilt University, Junior Fellow 2018–2019

My work is based on archival research and the archaeological reconnaissance and excavations I have conducted in Huarochirí (Lima, Peru) since 2010. My dissertation centers on the mechanisms through which the people of Huarochirí appropriated Inca material culture into their own cultural systems, through which they came to portray their relationship with the Inca as an alliance rather than imperial subjugation. During my time at Dumbarton Oaks I completed the final draft and revisions of my dissertation, which I will defend in May 2019. I also completed an article based on my excavations, published in January 2019 in the International Journal of Historical Archaeology, and submitted an article for publication to the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Peru (currently in production). I also prepared two conference papers and started work on a research grant to be submitted in August 2019.