Thursday, March 1, 2012

Atahualpa!

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/ruins-may-solve-riddle-of-last-incan-king/story-fnb64oi6-1226286018688

Note directly related to the course, but interesting anthro news.

A group of archaeologists in Ecuador believe they may have found the burial ground of Inca's last emperor, Atahualpa. Pending further excavations and tests.

Atahualpa was captured by the Spanish Conquistadors, led by Francisco Pizarro, in 1532. The Conquistadors stormed into Cusco, the capital of the Incan empire, along the trend of European empirialism.

The Incan empire fell apart after Atahualpa's capture and eventual death (murder?) The Spaniards tried installing a number of puppet rulers, all worse than the last.

This is exciting, because his body, or at least the last known place the Conquistadors took Atahualpa has been a mystery for centuries. It also may change, "perceptions about the region of Incan influence as the lowland area is well outside their best-known area of habitat, the Andean highlands."

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