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Movement and Vision: Reconstruction and Analysis of a Multi-Occupation Fortified Site Complex in the Moche Valley

Author(s): Margaret Carpio ; Patrick Mullins ; Brian Billman ; Rachael Lew

Year: 2017

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This poster reports the results of non-invasive field prospection using aerial drone photogrammetry to map and reconstruct surface architecture at two multi-occupation archaeological sites in the Moche Valley of Peru. Sites MV-42 and MV-49 (Puente Serrano) make up a fortified and possibly ceremonial center complex located in the middle valley. The sites were occupied contiguously during the Salinar, Gallinazo, and Early Moche phases (EIP; 400 B.C.-A.D. 400), with a later re-occupation by the Chimu phase (LIP; A.D 1000-1470). Aerial drone maps were imported into GIS software to allow for more robust analyses working towards interpreting and analyzing human movement while ascending to the summit. These data will help us to better assess the importance of vision in settlement location and protective architectural positioning using view sheds and inter-visibility analyses with the surrounding landscape.


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Movement and Vision: Reconstruction and Analysis of a Multi-Occupation Fortified Site Complex in the Moche Valley. Margaret Carpio, Patrick Mullins, Brian Billman, Rachael Lew. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429217)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 16630

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