Compositional Analysis of Ceramics from the Las Trancas Valley, Nasca, Perú.

Author(s): Kevin Vaughn; Marcela Poirier

Year: 2015


In this paper we address the results of an Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) on a sample of sherds from Santa Luisa and Higosñoc, two Las Trancas Valley sites from the Southern Nasca Region (SNR), Perú. By sampling sherds dating from the Early to the Late Horizon, this study adds temporal depth to previous compositional work in the region. While results confirm previous analysis conducted in the SNR suggesting compositional uniformity during Early Nasca, results also reveal compositional uniformity through time beginning in the Early Intermediate period (EIP) as well. We hypothesize this pattern is the result of a technological tradition developed during the beginning of the EIP that correlated with major sociopolitical changes taking place in the SNR.

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Compositional Analysis of Ceramics from the Las Trancas Valley, Nasca, Perú.. Marcela Poirier, Kevin Vaughn. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396572)


Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

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