Precolonial irrigation systems and settlement Patterns in the valley of Rimac - Peru.

Author(s): Jose Narvaez

Year: 2017


This investigation is an archaeological analysis of the lower Rimac River Valley, located in the Peruvian Central Coast, where several irrigation channels, that were originated from the River allowed the cultivation of a great extension of land in this valley. The objectives of this study were to establish the occupation sequence and settlement pattern in those artificial valleys in Precolonial times and their relation with this irrigation system. Modern and old maps and aerial photos were used in order to examine and make a map of the area before the modern expansion of the city during the Twentieth Century that destroyed the precolonial irrigation systems and numerous archaeological sites. The investigation also comprised the analysis of colonial documents from the Sixteenth to the early Nineteenth centuries, trying to establish the political and territorial organization of the indigenous population in the late Precolonial period. Part of this investigation was submitted as a PhD thesis at the University of Calgary in 2013.

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Precolonial irrigation systems and settlement Patterns in the valley of Rimac - Peru.. Jose Narvaez. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430870)


andes Irrigation Peru

Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 15725