Rock Art and the Creation of Landscape at Callacpuma, Peru

Author(s): Sarah Stagg; Jason Toohey

Year: 2018


Numerous rock art panels dot the landscape of the Late Intermediate Period (AD 1000-AD 1450) site of Callacpuma in the Cajamarca Basin of northern Peru. The panels are comprised of many distinct motifs and types including a variety of camelids, anthropomorphs, geometric patterns and other zoomorphs. Although the iconographic information held within these motifs is certainly important, this project attempts to move beyond the iconographic significance of individual motifs or panels and examine the use of rock art to form the landscape. At Callacpuma, art is spread across large portions of the site and more than 80 panels have been surveyed and systematically recorded to date. GIS analysis is used to examine the spatial patterning of the panels, focusing on the relationship between rock art, important physical features, and elevation. Consideration is given to the spatial relationship of rock art motifs and panels and how these patterns can be used to infer the function and meanings of rock art in shaping the physical and social landscape at the site.

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Rock Art and the Creation of Landscape at Callacpuma, Peru. Sarah Stagg, Jason Toohey. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 442576)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -82.441; min lat: -56.17 ; max long: -64.863; max lat: 16.636 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 21954