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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 98, No. s1, 2003, pp. 161-163
Bioline Code: oc03024
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 98, No. s1, 2003, pp. 161-163

 en Inca Expansion and Parasitism in the Lluta Valley: Preliminary Data
Calogero Santoro; Sheila Dorsey Vinton & Karl J Reinhard

Abstract

Assessing the impact of cultural change on parasitism has been a central goal in archaeoparasitology. The influence of civilization and the development of empires on parasitism has not been evaluated. Presented here is a preliminary analysis of the change in human parasitism associated with the Inca conquest of the Lluta Valley in Northern Chile. Changes in parasite prevalence are described. It can be seen that the change in life imposed on the inhabitants of the Lluta Valley by the Incas caused an increase in parasitism.

Keywords
Inca - disease - archaeoparasitology - Chile

 
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