Food Consumption Remains: Where Is the Inka Pottery?

The analysis of trash remains provides critical information on dietary preferences and social practices. I decided to compare the refuse outside the residential compound with the midden from the Twin Kallankas (Room-1). Although different in origins and scale, both refuse remains were the product of consumption activities. The comparison revealed that in the two areas there was a deliberate exclusion of imported pottery styles from neighboring polities. Rather, the decorated vessels were in the local Yampara style. My initial expectation was to find Inka pottery associated with the main Oroncota Inka complex. In contrast, Inka pottery was only found in the residence of the foreign administrators and was absent

Mean proportion distribution of serving vessels in the Oroncota building complex. The graph also shows different confidence intervals

Figure 5.12. Mean proportion distribution of serving vessels in the Oroncota building complex. The graph also shows different confidence intervals.

from public spaces like the plaza or the kallanka. Again, this finding leads me to conclude that, unlike in other parts of the empire, Inka pottery in the Oroncota center did not play an important role in public arenas. It was not used as serving vessels in the celebrations conducted in the plaza complex. Instead, Inka pottery was exclusively used in private, residential contexts, and in association with the nonlocal imperial emissaries residing in Oroncota. Therefore, Inka pottery served to mark state affiliation for a relatively small audience.

 
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