Costume and Identity in Pacific Nicaragua

Author(s): Geoffrey McCafferty; Sharisse McCafferty

Year: 2017


Sixteen years of archaeological research along the shore of Lake Cocibolca in Pacific Nicaragua has yielded a wealth of material culture relating to domestic practice and mortuary rituals for the period from AD 500 to 1250. Among these are numerous objects of adornment, such as pendants, beads, and ear ornaments. Additional costume information is found on small ceramic figurines, primarily of females with painted decoration indicating clothing, hairstyle, tattooing, and jewelry. Based on initial research we presented on the construction of identity from the Santa Isabel site. Now with another five years of excavation we are able to add new information from the sites of El Rayo and Sonzapote to contrast these contemporary sites to discuss regional variations in concepts of the ‘body beautiful.’ Furthermore, changing styles from the late Bagaces (AD 500-800) to Sapoa (AD 800-1250) periods allows evaluation of ethnohistorical claims for ethnogenesis with the arrival of ‘foreign’ groups with possible Mesoamerican origins.

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Costume and Identity in Pacific Nicaragua. Geoffrey McCafferty, Sharisse McCafferty. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430401)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14965