Sites & cities that bear the name of Pukara of La Compañía

Pukara of La Compañía

Today in : Chile
First trace of activity : ca. 14th century C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 16th century C.E
Recorded names : Pukará del Cerro de La Compañia

Description : Pukara de La Compañia is an archaeological site containing the remains of a promaucae fortress, later used by the Incas, located on the large hill overlooking the village of La Compañia, a village in the commune of Graneros, Chile. It is the southernmost building which remains of the Inca Empire. As such it is an important landmark on what is known as "The Chilean Inca Trail", and has been declared a National Monument by the Chilean government. There are three main historical periods during which the site was occupied: - Between the years 1380 and 1450 A.D., the hill was apparently occupied by local promaucaes or picunches during their resistance to the Inca invasion. - Most of the structures and remains of the hill date to the Inca occupation, namely between the years 1430 and 1450 A.D, approximately. - Once again the local indigenous population occupied the fortress during their resistance to the Spanish conquest. The evidence of this event is its documentation in Spanish chronicles which later guided archeologists there, allowing them to rediscover the Pukara only a few decades ago.

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