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Camp Granada, the Next Generation: Recent Excavations at the El Rayo site, Pacific Nicaragua

Author(s): Sharisse McCafferty ; Geoffrey McCafferty

Year: 2016

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El Rayo, located on the Asese Peninsula in Lake Cocibolca, continues to surprise with its archaeological resources. Initially identified as a small fishing community on the lakeshore, investigations in 2009 and 2010 revealed extensive mortuary remains as well as rich domestic refuse. In the summer of 2015, a field school by the Institute for Field Research re-opened excavations at the Locus 3 mortuary complex, uncovering additional burial urns in diagnostic Sacasa Striated ‘shoe-pot’ urns. A second focus of excavation, however, discovered an unexpected example of monumental architecture on a low mound. A well-constructed stone foundation outlined a building measuring 20 x 10 m, with at least three layers of walking surface representing sequential modification. This poster will outline the new discoveries, with special emphasis on the architectural feature.

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Camp Granada, the Next Generation: Recent Excavations at the El Rayo site, Pacific Nicaragua. Sharisse McCafferty, Geoffrey McCafferty. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405179)


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min long: -94.702; min lat: 6.665 ; max long: -76.685; max lat: 18.813 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America