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Outside the Main Plaza Complex

To the north, outside the main plaza complex, we dug a test pit (Unit 8, 4 m2) to explore the activities conducted immediately outside the main building gate. Considering that this unit was behind the excavated kallanka (Room-1), we were not surprised to find that the excavations also revealed refuse from public consumption. In the main occupational level, decorated and nondecorated serving vessels in the distinct Yampara stylistic variants were recovered. Again, they included the Classic Yampara, Late Yampara, Oroncota White, and Presto Puno styles. On the surface rested a broken grinding stone.

Therefore, the space outside the main door of the plaza complex was also part of the wider public celebrations. As the guests moved inside the plaza complex, fermented drinks might have been dispensed at the entrance to welcome them. Of the six archaeological indicators for public feasting, the refuse from this area possesses five of them, excluding organic remains (Table 5.3). As in the kallanka, no Inka imperial or Inka- related ceramics were recuperated. Nor did we find imported wares from adjacent regions. Taking into account the relatively low distribution of Inka pottery in both feasting areas, it is likely that these ceramics might have been too valuable to be expended in public events. Either their access was limited or they were not produced locally.

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