THE TERRITORIAL EXPANSION OF THE TIWANAKU POLITY IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL ANDES: A STUDY OF HUMAN-LAND RELATIONSHIPS IN THE COCHABAMBA VALLEYS, BOLIVIA. Presented at the 61st annual meeting of the Society for American Achaeology, New Orleans, April 1996.

Research on the occupation of the Tiwanaku polity in the Cochabamba region has provided evidence to reconsider the assumptions made of a Tiwanaku colonization for maize exploitation of the region. Systematic surveys in the Capinota-Parotani and Mizque Valleys of Cochabamba and human occupation vs. agricultural productivity relationships, have shown that Tiwanaku occupation did not represent a period of increasing settlement density, that would have been directed at exploiting maize. In comparison with previous settlement distribution and densities for the Formative and Early Intermediate Period, the Tiwanaku occupation does not imply a major change in the resource exploitation pattern of these zones.

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