Fractured Landscapes Fortification and Regional Histories

Elizabeth N. Arkush

in Hillforts of the Ancient Andes

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035260
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039107 | DOI:
Fractured Landscapes Fortification and Regional Histories

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This chapter reviews new evidence on Colla warfare and polity and explores its implications for the anthropology of war. This chapter contrasts between the Colla zone and the Inca heartland. This contrast forms a starting point for the argument that the direct physical and social legacy of warfare, fortifications, defensive settlements, and local alliance relationships all themselves can entrench regions in patterns of fragmentation and warfare that are difficult to break through either peacemaking or conquest. In addition to explaining the divergent Colla and Inca destinies, this chapter cites these two regional histories to exemplify a contradiction in the way warfare works. The story of the Colla shows how fortifications must be reconceptualized not simply as markers for warfare but as a form of durable landscape patrimony with lasting effects on regional histories.

Keywords: Colla warfare; fractured landscapes; fortification; war anthropology; Inca; defensive settlement; warfare

Chapter.  5165 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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