A Study of Domestic Ceramics from Hualcayán, Ancash, Peru.


In the Peruvian Andes, archaeological analysis of prehistoric ceramics disproportionately

focuses on materials recovered from ritual spaces compared to domestic areas. This bias limits

our understanding of the role of ceramics in domestic contexts. To address the imbalance,

this poster focuses on characteristics of ceramics in recovered from survey and excavations at

a residential sector of the Hualcayán site. This sector, called Panchocuchu, contains most of

the site’s domestic architecture that includes residential structures, open spaces, terraces and

perimeter walls occupied between C.E. 200 to 950.

The ceramics included in this analysis from excavation were recovered from the exterior and

interior of a living space, and an adjacent patio speculated to function in cooking and as a

cuyero (cuy or guinea pig pen based on coprolite and faunal remains). The ceramic analysis

from this sector provides substantive information about the function and morphology of the

ceramics based on their recovery context. The results of the study presented in this poster

provide the basis for comparing the manufacture and use of ceramics between ritual and

domestic contexts.

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A Study of Domestic Ceramics from Hualcayán, Ancash, Peru.. Erick Casanova Vasquez, Rebecca E. Bria, Elizabeth K. Cruzado C.. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398046)

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Ceramic domestic Peru

Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

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