Proyecto Qochamama? Experiences, Perceptions, and Representations of Three Female Co-Directors at Tiwanaku, Bolivia

Maria C. Bruno, Dickinson College
Nicole C. Couture
Deborah E. Blom

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Abstract

Between 2005 and 2010 we codirected an interdisciplinary field project at Tiwanaku, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Andean region of Bolivia. During the first millennium, the ancient city of Tiwanaku was the political and ritual center of one of the first states in South America (Kolata 2003). Today, Tiwanaku is one of Bolivia’s most important tourist destinations (Sammells 2012). The indigenous Aymara also revere the site and identify themselves as descendents of the site’s inhabitants. Given its importance in Andean prehistory and its prominent status in Bolivian history, Tiwanaku has been the location of many national and international archaeological projects.