The First State of Tiwanaku

Charles Stanish

in Ancient Titicaca

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520232457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928190 | DOI:
The First State of Tiwanaku

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This chapter focuses on Tiwanaku, the first state in the Titicaca Basin region. In the seventh century ad Tiwanaku represented the first fully developed archaic state in the Titicaca Basin. It expanded rapidly after the collapse of Pucara in 400 ad Tiwanaku incorporated or added several areas to its territories and by 800–900 ad, it dominated a large area across the south-central Andes. By 1100 ad, Tiwanaku had declined as a regional power, a process that set the cultural stage for the rise of the Aymara señoríos.

Keywords: Tiwanaku; Titicaca Basin; archaic state; Pucara; regional power; cultural stage; Aymara señoríos

Chapter.  21149 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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