Excavations at Cerro Azul, Peru: the architecture and pottery

Front Cover
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Apr 1, 2008 - Architecture - 332 pages
0 Reviews
This volume is the final site report on the architecture and pottery of Late Intermediate Cerro Azul. During the course of excavation, the University of Michigan Project excavated two tapia buildings in their entirety, saving every sherd from every room, walled work area, feature, and midden. The Project determined the function of every room, including those whose functions changed over time, owing to seismic damage. The types of rooms include residential (both elite and commoner), general storage, a kitchen/brewery with large-scale production of chichi, a guinea pig pen, specialized fish storage rooms, and open courts for weaving. The Cerro Azul pottery was analyzed using the type-variety system, with petrographic analyses of local and nonlocal varieties by James Stoltman. The percentages of pottery types varied room by room, not only chronologically but also according to room function. Primary, secondary, and tertiary deposits were distinguished and showed quantifiable differences. Every sherd from every room of every excavated building was classified and counted, including not only the decorated vessels but also all the utilitarian wares, which were often omitted in earlier Andean studies. The Cerro Azul volume is extensively illustrated, showing both the details of the tapia architecture and the individual pottery collections from each room and midden.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

The Architecture and Layout of Late Intermediate Cerro Azul
15
Late Intermediate Pottery Types
27
Color Plates
73
Copyright

8 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Joyce Marcus is Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Latin American Archaeology at the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan.