Panquilma: Socio-politics in Household Archaeology

Author(s): Augusto Vásquez; Elena Christakos

Year: 2015


An analysis and discussion contributing to previous research of the socio-political organization found at the Yschma site of Panquilma, located on the Lurin Valley, central Peruvian coast. Panquilma is a 13th–15th century site on the borders of one of the most important and influential religious centers in the Central Andean Coast – Pachacamac. The site of Panquilma is comprised of three sectors; Sector 1 is characterized as the public zone and includes monumental architecture in the form of pyramids with ramps, Sector 2 consists of multi-room domestic compounds, and Sector 3 encompasses a series of shallow, rounded tombs containing substantial amounts of human remains. This discourse will focus on the domestic confines of the site, highlighting any socio-political discrepancies found between the two existing groups of the domestic sector, the peripheral and central household compounds. Ceramic analysis, as well as the complementary use of a pre-existing ceramic typology for Panquilma will be used to classify variation in ceramic types. In doing so, domestic activities that may have developed in the household compounds can be easily recognized. Subsequently, we will distinguish the differences in accessibility and identify the existence of any contrast in status between these two differing household compounds.

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Panquilma: Socio-politics in Household Archaeology. Elena Christakos, Augusto Vásquez. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397124)


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