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Preliminary Results on Pottery Technology through Macroscopic Classification at the Early Horizon Center of Caylán, Coastal Ancash, Peru

Author(s): Michelle Miller ; David Chicoine

Year: 2016

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This poster presents the analysis of ceramic fragments from the Early Horizon center of Caylán, in the Nepeña Valley, Perú (800-1 BC). Ceramic fragments constitute a large portion of excavated artifacts, bringing information on chronology, cultural traditions, and exchange networks. Most are undecorated body sherds that are typically ignored in ceramic analyses. Here we present the macroscopic analysis of ceramic wares from excavated contexts to shed light on patterns of production and potential exchange networks. Discrete categories of pastes are identified based on the composition, size, and frequency of inclusions in each sherd. The results suggest that Early Horizon wares at Caylán were produced by distinct potters using materials from different areas. This emphasizes the possible interactions between multiple foreign and local potters in the manufacture and use of ceramic wares during the Early Horizon.


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Preliminary Results on Pottery Technology through Macroscopic Classification at the Early Horizon Center of Caylán, Coastal Ancash, Peru. Michelle Miller, David Chicoine. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404509)


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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