El Castillo and its regional context in Huarmey Valley through GIS

Author(s): Julia Chyla

Year: 2017


Huarmey valley, at the southern fringe of Peruvian North Coast, was inhabited for millennia. It is a rich, multi-cultural area, where almost all types of archaeological sites are represented. The discovery of an imperial mausoleum at El Castillo in 2012/13 is an example how little we know about this region. During the previous seasons modern state-of-art techniques of documentation were used on daily basis at the time of excavations. The successful attempts to implement new non-invasive, remote sensing techniques of archaeological prospection on pre-Columbian sites resulted in the development of highly accurate, rapid and relatively inexpensive methods of evaluation and inventorying of the Peruvian heritage. Spatial data collected at the time of excavations, especially of mausoleum and remains of architectural monuments around, as well as those gathered during archaeological survey of the valley rise a lot of questions about the site’s role in social and geographical landscapes of Wari Empire during the Middle Horizon period. Proper process of gathering, processing archival, field and digital data allows to expand our knowledge about the past and reconstruct its forgotten landscapes.

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El Castillo and its regional context in Huarmey Valley through GIS. Julia Chyla. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431803)


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): 16523