Early imperialism in the Andes: Wari colonisation of Nasca

Christina A. Conlee, Corina M. Kellner, Chester P. Walker, Aldo Noriega

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The highland Wari (AD 600-1000) were an influential and expansive Andean civilisation, yet the nature and organisation of Wari power is debated. For example, it is suggested that coastal Nasca was governed by Wari, but doubts remain about its role in the region. Recent excavations at Huaca del Loro in Nasca have uncovered rectilinear compounds, a D-shaped temple, a large cemetery and a domestic area. The authors suggest that this evidence reflects Wari colonisation, undertaken during a period of primary expansion, on a site with long-established ties between Wari and Nasca. The use of multiple colonising strategies and local responses may reflect imperial situations in other world civilisations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1527-1546
Number of pages20
Issue number384
StatePublished - Dec 3 2021


  • Andes
  • Nasca
  • Wari
  • architecture
  • colony
  • imperialism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • General Arts and Humanities


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