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Pre-Inca mining in the Southern Nasca Region, Peru

  • Jelmer W. Eerkens (a1), Kevin J. Vaughn (a2) and Moises Linares Grados (a3)

Guided by modern miners of the region the authors track down pre-Inca mining sites in the Southern Nasca Region of Peru. In the hinterlands away from both modern and ancient roads they find a surprising number of small sites serving the pre-Inca industry, principally in the Nasca period. Drawing analogies from modern practice they are able to distinguish the ancient sites dedicated to exploration, extraction or production.

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