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Architectural and Functional Characterization of Sector 2 at Cerro Chepén

Author(s): Ilana Johnson ; Ema Perea ; Luis Jaime Castillo

Year: 2015

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Archaeological research in Cerro Chepén started with the purpose of characterizing the cultural manifestations in the Jequetepeque valley, especially the political and social relationships of the inhabitants of these sites and the activities related to the regional center of San José de Moro. The poster includes the results of the research conducted in Sector 2 of Cerro Chepén, which is one of the most important sites for the Late Moche and Transitional periods in the Jequetepeque Valley. The work carried out focused on architectural analysis in order to characterize architectural patterns and construction techniques.

Sector 2 is located on the north slopes of the mountain. Eight architectural compounds where identified there, which, aside from being related through their location in the archaeological complex of Cerro Chepén, are formally related since they are located in a same area that has been delineated by perimetric walls. The compounds share architectural characteristics like the use of platforms and terraces delineated by contention walls adapted to the ground and linked through paths and complex rooms. Evidence of limited access to the sector was found, as well as restricted circulation flow between spaces and visual control of each of the architectural compounds.

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Architectural and Functional Characterization of Sector 2 at Cerro Chepén. Ema Perea, Ilana Johnson, Luis Jaime Castillo. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398090)


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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