ARCHITECTURE AND SOUNDSCAPE OF AN INKA SETTLEMENT IN NORTHWESTERN ARGENTINA

ARQUITECTURA Y PAISAJE SONORO DE UN ASENTAMIENTO INKA EN EL NOROESTE ARGENTINO

Alejandro Ferrari, Iván Leibowicz, Joaquín Izaguirre and Félix Acuto.

This article presents new data and interpretations on how Inka representatives utilized the architecture of ritualized spaces to manipulate local communities’ somatic experiences. In an attempt to overcome the prevailing ocularcentrism among this line of inquiry, it has been suggested that additional senses should be considered, and some scholars have begun to advance towards the study of ancient soundscapes. This article will focus on the plaza of an Inka settlement located in the North Calchaquí Valley (Salta, Argentina) paying specific attention to how it privileged certain sensorial modalities and managed their sequential stimulus and intensity. It article presents an analysis that combines on-field visual and acoustical permeability data generation, with three-dimensional models of architecture, terrain, and sound propagation. Results indicate that a careful layout design not only spatialized groups and practices, but also created different experiences by promoting disparate visual and acoustic stimulations upon approaching and entering the plaza.

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Tags: Inka conquest, spatiality, architecture, soundscapes

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