Ep. 10: The Inca Ascension

Photo By: Nicholas Machinski

In this episode we take a look at the archaeological evidence surrounding the rise of the Inca from their beginnings as a chiefdom to a solidified state in one of the many valleys in the Andes.  Along the way, they were hemmed in by other groups, expanded their agricultural base, formed alliances and subdued enemies. In contrast to what is described in many of the accounts, the Inca were a stable state by the time of Pachacuti’s rise to power.

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Intro music by: Kalx aka Kaliran: Andean Lounge, Scream of the Devil

Transition music by: Kike Pinto

The three major basins within the Cuzco Valley.

Various ethnic groups in and around the Cuzco area.
Bauer. Ancient Cuzco, pg. 73

Location of the Sacred Valley
Map courtesy of Alan Covey’s: How the Inca Built their Heartland
The campaigns of Capac Yupanqui, the fourth ruler. Map courtesy of Alan Covey’s: How the Inca Built their Heartland
The campaigns of Inca Roca, the fifth ruler. Map courtesy of Alan Covey’s: How the Inca Built their Heartland
Campaigns of Yahuar Huacac, the seventh ruler. Map courtesy of Alan Covey’s: How the Inca Built their Heartland
Campaigns of Viracocha Inca, the eighth ruler. Map courtesy of Alan Covey’s: How the Inca Built their Heartland

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