Otolith Metrics and Fishing Strategies on the North Coast of Peru

Author(s): Roberta Boczkiewicz; Jean Hudson

Year: 2017


In this paper I compare Otolith metrics from two coastal sites in the Moche Valley, Gramalote and Cerro La Virgen. This comparison is aimed at evaluating possible shifts in fishing strategies as reflected in the range and normative values of fish size over time. Gramalote is a small politically autonomous fishing village occupied during the Initial Period. Cerro La Virgen is a large town occupied as part of the expanding political empire of the Chimu during the Late Intermediate Period. The two sites, located six kilometers apart in space and 2500 years apart in time, had access to the same marine habitats. I will review and illustrate both ecological and political interpretations of chronological variation in fish size at the two ends of the Andean chronological sequence.

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Otolith Metrics and Fishing Strategies on the North Coast of Peru. Roberta Boczkiewicz, Jean Hudson. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429308)

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Fishing Otolith Peru

Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

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

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Abstract Id(s): 16041