Journal of Undergraduate Research


Huarochirí manuscript, indigenous Andean language, Proyecto Arqueológico Huarochirí-Lurin Alto, PAHLA


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The Huarochirí region of the central coast of Peru has been of utmost importance to Andean anthropologists since the late 1930s discovery of the Huarochirí Manuscript. The manuscript is the only historical document we have that is written in an indigenous Andean language. Consequently, it has been one of the main sources for understanding indigenous Andean lifeways leading up to the Early Colonial period. The first systematic archaeological research in this area commenced in 2010 under the Proyecto Arqueológico Huarochirí-Lurin Alto (PAHLA) directed by Dr. Zachary Chase. So far, the research involved in PAHLA indicates a different story than the one constructed by ethnohistorians through their interpretations of the Huarochirí Manuscript.

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