Seeing Underground: The Feasibility of Archaeological Remote Sensing in Coastal and Highland Peru

Author(s): Joel Grossman

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "The Legacies of Archaeologists in the Andes: Second Symposium, the Institutionalization and Internationalization of Andean Archaeology" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

This paper reports programmatic recommendations, an advanced seminar series in archaeology, and field tests in geophysics undertaken during a consultancy with the Peruvian Institute of Culture (INC) in October 1982. The invited international program focused on the investigation of eleven historic, Inca, and pre-Inca sites throughout the coast and highlands. Funding was provided by the OAS, UNESCO, and the Andres Bello fund. This is the first formal presentation of this effort. The Sendero Luminoso war prevented future investigations under this initiative. The collaborative international effort had three major components: 1) a three-week seminar series on applied technology in archaeology for the archaeological and preservation staff of the INC in Lima, Cuzco, and Ayacucho, 2) a visit to eleven INC project sites to recommend appropriate applied technology strategies in support of excavation and stabilization efforts, and 3) resistivity and soil chemistry tests at each site to establish the utility of a variety of site-specific remote sensing strategies (e.g. resistivity, magnetics, or ground penetrating radar) for the enhanced definition of archaeological boundaries and internal site structure.

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Seeing Underground: The Feasibility of Archaeological Remote Sensing in Coastal and Highland Peru. Joel Grossman. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451927)

Spatial Coverage

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

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Abstract Id(s): 23214