About The Project
Σάββατο, 26 Απριλίου 2014
District of Cáceres - Ancash Peru-Archaeological Project
About The Project
Welcome to the Proyecto Arqueologico Distrito del Caceres Ancash (PADCA) home page. PADCA was started by doctoral student Kimberly Munro, an Andean archaeologist currently working on her dissertation at Louisiana State University. The purpose of PADCA is to investigate and document thearchaeological remains located within the Cáceres district in the Nepeña Valley, in central Peru. In the summer of 2013, PADCA spent several weeks locating, recording, and re-investigating archaeological sites in the upper Nepeña in order to focus on a specific site for further dissertation research.
The sites of interest showed elements of coastal-highland interactions during the Early Horizon (900-1 BCE) and Early Intermediate Period (EIP) (AD 1-800) within the valley. Nepeña is located in the Department of Ancash, Peru. The 2013 field season investigated sites in the yunga (1,000- 2,300 m) and quechua (2,300– 3,500 m) ecological life zones.
The upper Nepeña Valley is a geographical zone which is currently only a footnote of interest for Andean researchers. With the exception of archaeologist, Hugo Ikehara’s survey, past surveys were preliminary and focused mainly on the middle and lower valley. PADCA’s research will help to fill in the gaps in inter-regional interactions for the Nepeña Valley system.
The Cáceres District encompasses several river tributaries of the Nepeña Valley. These tributaries include the Lampanin, Colcap, and Cosma branches, whose headwaters are located in the Cordillera Negra mountains and flow down to converge into the Nepeña River just west of the town of Jimbe. The site of Karecoto, located just outside the small community of Cosma is currently the main focus of the PADCA project.
Documented during the 2013 field season, Karecoto is a large ceremonial mound complex which dates at least to the Early Horizon (900-1 BCE). The 2014 season will be the first to excavate and map the components of the site in order to better understand its role in the regional socio-political climate of highland and coastal Ancash during the Early Horizon.