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Architecture in Negative: Mapping Social Space at Carrizales, Peru Using Low Altitude Aerial Photography and Photogrammetry

Author(s): Nathaniel VanValkenburg ; Chester Walker ; Mark Willis

Year: 2015

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In the late 16th century CE, Spanish administrators and clergy sought to reconstitute indigenous Peruvian subjects by forcibly resettling them into planned towns called reducciones. Mapping domestic space in these new settlements (and those that preceded them) has been a crucial element of archaeological research that seeks to understand reduccion's impact on native households. However, on the Peruvian coast, where both late prehispanic and early colonial period domestic structures are dominated by highly perishable quincha (unburnt wattle and daub) constructions, the absence of standing architecture presents significant challenges to efficient mapping of settlement and household structure. Our research at the site of Carrizales has addressed these issues by employing several modes of data collection (pole- and kite-aerial-photography, as well as fixed wing UAVs) to generate microtopographic models of quincha wall foundation trenches and other "negative" impressions of architectural elements, allowing for robust reconstructions of how indigenous domestic space was reconfigured following the reducción process.

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Architecture in Negative: Mapping Social Space at Carrizales, Peru Using Low Altitude Aerial Photography and Photogrammetry. Chester Walker, Nathaniel VanValkenburg, Mark Willis. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395042)


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South America


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min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America