Recent Advances on Multidisciplinary Research at Castillo de Huarmey

Author(s): Milosz Giersz

Year: 2017


The Peruvian site of Castillo de Huarmey located on the desert coast some 300 kms north of Lima and 4 kms east of the Pacific Ocean, is widely known for the 2012-13 discovery of the Middle Horizon imperial mausoleum with the first undisturbed Wari high elite women’s multiple burial. The tomb, which concealed 64 individuals was accompanied by an abundance of valuable grave goods such as gold and silver jewelry, fine pottery, religious paraphernalia, and textile production materials and tools. Since the discovery an international team of specialist performs research within the framework of the Proyecto de Investigación Arqueológica Castillo de Huarmey (PIACH) using a broad methodological spectrum, including bioarchaeological and biogeochemical analyses, archaeometry, geoarchaeology, 3D HDS scanning and architectural analysis. This multidisciplinary approach ensures high quality of obtained results allowing more precise and accurate interpretations. This makes Castillo de Huarmey invaluable for improving our state of knowledge on the Middle Horizon cultural panorama and the importance of Wari Empire in facilitating inter-group relationships and forging of new identities established and negotiated by imperial elites.

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Recent Advances on Multidisciplinary Research at Castillo de Huarmey. Milosz Giersz. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431804)

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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): 16060