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Inkarry Moqo

Located on a small elevation next to the Inka Pampa River on the Valley floor, this third Inka complex had an extension of 2 ha (Figure 5.14). Like the Oroncota complex, its architecture was of fine elaboration (Ibarra

Above and facing: Figure 5.14. The Inkarry Moqo Inka center (S-317) on the Valley floor.

Detail of Inkarry Moqos supplementary facility (Site S-318)

Figure 5.15. Detail of Inkarry Moqos supplementary facility (Site S-318).

Grasso and Lewis 1986; Lee 1992; Parssinen and Siiriainen 2003; Walter 1959b). It fits the “pillowed-face” masonry style with finely cut sandstone blocks. The site had trapezoidal windows with rectangular lintels (like those in structure St-1), although no body-size niches with double or triple jambs were found. In the central part there was an open plaza surrounded by rectangular constructions (Figure 5.14). Despite the state of poor preservation, two main group structures could be differentiated. The first was comprised by four rectangular rooms interconnected through inner doorways with two main entries opening into the plaza. The second group was formed by a multiroom structure, perhaps used for storage. It had six rectangular rooms aligned in two rows, with each room measuring about 4 x 4 m. Additional rectangular warehouses were also located on the western side of the complex, but the absence of circular storehouses is notable. Although damaged, the remains of an isolated rectangular kal- lanka (St-3) sat on the southern side of the plaza. It is also likely that the site had support installations. This was the case of S-318, a facility nearly 1 km west of Inkarry Moqo, also along the Inka Pampa River esplanade. Despite its poor state of preservation, the site measured around 1.8 ha. In this ancillary site, a single rectangular structure was dominant, although one can still see the remains of destroyed platforms and a group of heavily decayed circular warehouses to the west (Figure 5.15).

Both Inkarry Moqo and the ancillary facility (S-318) were dedicated to the storage of goods. In fact, their strategic location makes them easily accessible to the surrounding valley-producing populations. Perhaps the spatial segregation of rectangular and circular warehouses in both facilities had to do with the different kinds of products stored there (Morris and Thompson 1985). Of all the Inka installations in the region, Inkarry Moqo stands out as a facility dedicated to administration on the lower Valley floor, including the collection of staples.

 
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