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Nasca Lines, Ceramic Sherds, and Social Changes: Recent Investigation at the Nasca Pampas, Southern Coast of Peru.

Author(s): Jorge Olano ; Masato Sakai ; Kaoru Honda ; Yoichi Watanabe

Year: 2015

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The objective of this study is to discuss the social changes of the societies in the Nasca region, the south coast of Peru through the analysis of ceramic sherds distributed near the lines and line centers. In 1926 the Nasca lines had been discovered by Alfred Kroeber and was investigated archaeo-astronomically by Paul Kosok and María Reich. At the 1980' Anthony Aveni and his colleagues carried out investigation at the pampas and contributed to reveal the detail of the Nasca lines and centers. Since the year 2010 Yamagata University have conducted field research at the pampas. We have tried to investigate thoroughly the archaeological remains at the pampas, which Dr. Clarkson had carried out preliminary study in the 1980'. In our researches, more than ten thousand sherds were recognized in association with lines and centers. Interestingly, their chronological position vary from Late Ocucaje to Ica Period and they were intentionally smashed at the lines and centers. In this presentation we will not only report a result of these ceramic analyses, but also discuss the diachronic social changes around the Nasca pampas for two thousand years.

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Nasca Lines, Ceramic Sherds, and Social Changes: Recent Investigation at the Nasca Pampas, Southern Coast of Peru.. Masato Sakai, Jorge Olano, Yoichi Watanabe, Kaoru Honda. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396567)


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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