AMS radiocarbon dates from prehispanic fortifications in the huaura valley, central coast of Perú

Margaret Brown Vega, Nathan M. Craig, Brendan James Culleton, Douglas James Kennett, Gerbert Asencios Lindo

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Abstract

In this paper, we report 11 AMS radiocarbon dates from 8 Prehispanic fortifications located in the Huaura Valley, central coast of Perú. Small fragments of organic material embedded in preserved mud mortar in architecture, and samples from construction layers exposed by looter's holes were used to date architectural features without undertaking extensive excavations. These dates contribute toward refining the chronology of fort building in the valley, and provide a test for assumptions about temporal change and architectural style. The results indicate that fortifications date to at least 3 periods. These data provide a starting point for exploring the occurrence of warfare through time on a regional scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalRadiocarbon
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 7 2013

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Radiocarbon Dates
Fortification
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Chronology
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  • Archaeology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Vega, Margaret Brown ; Craig, Nathan M. ; Culleton, Brendan James ; Kennett, Douglas James ; Lindo, Gerbert Asencios. / AMS radiocarbon dates from prehispanic fortifications in the huaura valley, central coast of Perú. In: Radiocarbon. 2013 ; Vol. 55, No. 1. pp. 1-12.
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AMS radiocarbon dates from prehispanic fortifications in the huaura valley, central coast of Perú. / Vega, Margaret Brown; Craig, Nathan M.; Culleton, Brendan James; Kennett, Douglas James; Lindo, Gerbert Asencios.

In: Radiocarbon, Vol. 55, No. 1, 07.03.2013, p. 1-12.

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