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The Organization of the Lower Lurin Valley During the Late Intermediate and Late Horizon Periods

Author(s): Kyra Webb

Year: 2015

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The rank size analysis of the archaeological sites inhabited during the Late Intermediate and Late Horizon periods located in the Lower Lurin Valley of the Peruvian Central Coast presents a comparison of power politics and the possibility of a hierarchical organization among the different inhabitants of the respective sites.

The Lurin Valley is located on the Peruvian Central Coast, and the mouth of the Lurin River is located in close proximity to the site of Pachacamac. This site is an important religious center according to historical accounts. Of all the sites along the Lurin Valley, Pachacamac is the most well-studied. However, there is little knowledge of the remainder of the hierarchical relation among the sites in the valley. Based on a rank size analysis of the areas of each site along the valley, the political and social organization of the Lower Lurin Valley during the Late Intermediate and Late Horizon periods will become more clear.

The rank size analysis is based upon the comparison of satellite imagery and site maps compiled to compare the area and therefore relative power based upon geographical territory of each respective site.

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The Organization of the Lower Lurin Valley During the Late Intermediate and Late Horizon Periods. Kyra Webb. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397123)


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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