Aspero, Peru: A Reexamination of the Site and Its Implications

  title={Aspero, Peru: A Reexamination of the Site and Its Implications},
  author={Michael Edward Moseley and Gordon Randolph Willey},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  pages={452 - 468}
Abstract The large preceramic site of Aspero, on the central Peruvian coast, was explored in the past by Uhle and by Willey and Corbett; however, these investigators did not recognize the presence of sizable artificial platform mounds or “corporate labor structures” at the site. In spite of its preceramic status, Aspero was a sedentary community, and the corporate labor structures suggest the beginnings of a complex, non-egalitarian society. The hypothesis is advanced that such a society was… 

The Maritime Foundations of Andean Civilization: A Reconsideration of the Evidence

  • J. Raymond
  • Environmental Science
    American Antiquity
  • 1981
Moseley's contention that coastal Peruvian civilization was founded on a maritime subsistence economy is challenged, and the evidence that he used to substantiate his claim is re-examined. It is

Paleodiet in Late Preceramic Peru: Preliminary Isotopic Data From Bandurria

ABSTRACT The Preceramic occupation of Peru has historically received little attention from scholars. Recent excavations on the North-Central Coast of Peru have identified several large sites with

Crucible of Andean Civilization

The focus of the development of the first complex, centralized societies on the coast of Peru between 3000 and 1800 BC was a portion of the coast known as the Norte Chico, where more than 30 large

The Fortaleza Valley, Peru: Archaeological Investigation of Late Archaic Sites (3000–1800 BC)

Abstract Monumental architecture, including stepped pyramids, sunken circular plazas, and upright monoliths (huancas), has been identified at sites throughout the Norte Chico region along the coast

The Preceramic Period Site of Paloma, Peru: Bioindications of Improving Adaptation to Sedentism

  • R. Benfer
  • Medicine
    Latin American Antiquity
  • 1990
Several kinds of adaptation that are distinct with respect to population growth and health status are considered and illustrated with analyses of 201 skeletons from the preagricultural village of Paloma in central coastal Peru.

Evidence for maize (Zea mays) in the Late Archaic (3000–1800 B.C.) in the Norte Chico region of Peru

New data drawn from coprolites, pollen records, and stone tool residues, combined with 126 radiocarbon dates, demonstrate that maize was widely grown, intensively processed, and constituted a primary component of the diet throughout the period from 3000 to 1800 B.C.

America’s First City? The Case of Late Archaic Caral

Civilization was achieved in north-central Peru during the 3rd millennium BC, between the Santa and Chillon valleys, including the interconnecting valleys toward the east and extending up to the

Archaeological Investigation of Late Archaic Sites (3000–1800 B.C.) in the Pativilca Valley, Peru

Abstract This volume presents the results of archaeological testing at nine sites in the Pativilca Valley on the coast of Peru. Included are the first systematically collected radiocarbon dates from

The Management of Late Andean Irrigation Systems on the North Coast of Peru

Documentary research combined with field study has made possible the reconstruction of the sociopolitical organization of the Late Prehispanic Chimu and Chimu-Inca polities of the North Coast of

Far From the Shore: Comparison of Marine Invertebrates in Midden Deposits From Two Sites in the Norte Chico, Peru

ABSTRACT Groups occupying the coast of Peru prior to 6000 BC exploited varied ecological niches including intensive use of maritime resources. By 3000 BC plant cultivation was widespread along the




Kelley was in Peru on a Fulbright grant in 1957-58 to participate in the archaeological survey program of the University of San Marcos, and he worked chiefly in the far north, in the Department of

A Pre-agricultural Occupation on the Central Coast of Peru

  • E. Lanning
  • Environmental Science
    American Antiquity
  • 1963
Abstract More than 50 campsites, quarries, and workshop sites belonging to the pre-agricultural stage have been explored at Ancón on the central coast of Peru. The sites are located in areas of

Early Sites on the Peruvian Coast

  • F. Engel
  • Geology
    Southwestern Journal of Anthropology
  • 1957
T HIS PAPER is a first report on a survey of the Peruvian coast from Chimbote, 420 kilometers north of Lima, to the mouth of the Rio Ica, 450 kilometers south of Lima, conducted over the last two

Discovery of the Chavín Culture in Peru

In 1919, while exploring the basin of the Mariash or Pukcha River, one of the upper Amazon affluents, I found in Chavín de Huantar evidence of a culture that, up to then, had not been given due

Change in Preceramic Twined Textiles from the Central Peruvian Coast

Abstract For the period of ca. 2500 to 1700 B.C. a three-phase sequence in the development of twined cotton textiles is outlined. The phases represent divisions of a gradual change from the use of

International Congress of Americanists

Delegates from various countries were present at the congress, and although most of the papers were by Frenchmen, still a fair proportion were by foreigners, chiefly Americans and Scandinavians.

The Archaeological Record of Chili Peppers (Capsicum spp.) and the Sequence of Plant Domestication in Peru

Abstract Study of archaeological material of chili peppers (Capsicum spp.) from the sites of Huaca Prieta and Punta Grande on the coast of Peru has shown that the first species to be cultivated was