Cerro Cumbray: A Chimu Frontier Outpost


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Cerro Cumbray is a Chimu hilltop settlement located near the modern town of Simbal, Peru. During the 2018 field season, the authors used aerial photography via drone to create a site map and conducted a limited pedestrian survey in order to better understand site chronology and context. While Cerro Cumbray lacks indications of large-scale fortification; the viewshed afforded by its location, its strategic position relative to the confluence of two rivers, and its natural fortifications in the form of cliffs imply a largely defensive motivation to the site’s occupation. The mapping and survey data is used to identify habitation zones and activities within the site. At a larger scale, GIS software allows for the analysis of the role of the site within the Chimu defensive network of the Moche Valley.

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Cerro Cumbray: A Chimu Frontier Outpost. Matthew Ballance, Patrick Mullins, Brian Billman. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449970)

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

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Abstract Id(s): 25899