publication . Article . 2010

The Archaeology of Wari and the Dispersal of Quechua

Isbell, William H.;
Open Access Spanish; Castilian
  • Published: 24 Mar 2010
  • Publisher: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Abstract
The association of Wari with Quechua, or proto-Quechan speech, cannot be demonstrated by an unbroken tradition of material culture such as ceramic style from the Middle Horizon to ethnohistorically known Quechua speaking communities. However, the spread of Wari from its northern Ayacucho homeland, to the archaeologically most obvious colonies that stretch across Andes from Cuzco to southern Ayacucho, and into Ica and Arequipa, corresponds remarkably with the ethnohistoric distribution of Quechua IIC. This is the most convincing confirmation that Wari spoke proto-Quechua. Variation among southern Quechua IIC dialects suggests to linguists that dispersal was later...
Subjects
free text keywords: Prehistoria andina, Quechua, Wari, Dispersión lingüística, Imperio, Lenguas
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