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Paper Title: SPATIAL RECYCLING AND DIVERGENT MEANINGS IN PREHISTORIC NORTHERN PERU
Author: JERRY MOORE (California State University-Dominguez Hills)   
Date/Time: Wed., 4:00 PM
Co-Author(s): JERRY MOORE (California State University-Dominguez Hills) 
Abstract: Recent excavations in the archaeologically unknown Department of Tumbes, Perú, uncovered evidence of several discrete complexes of mortuary practices spatially anchored in a relatively small portion of the site of Santa Rosa. Mortuary practices dating to ca 3500 – 3000 BCE involved the use of large (2 m diameter) ceremonial hearths in which the corpse body seems to have been exposed to fire, but not actually cremated. Subsequently, skeletal remains were collected and placed as secondary burials in rock cairns, accompanied by offerings of metal and thorny oyster shell (Spondylus sp). 4500 years later these materials were reworked into bi-chromatic funerary mounds consisting of anthrosols (fire-reddened earth and grayish ash-clays) re-deposited as strata of alternating colors, and shaft tombs were excavated into the mounds to hold Provincial Inca burials. Although Santa Rosa exhibits a recurrent sacrality, the distinctive material signatures indicate fundamentally different cosmologies, raising theoretical issues regarding how ritual spaces may be “recycled” in prehistory--even in cases characterized by extended discontinuities in time and conceptual frameworks.

Program Number: 1-0390
Session Title: SPACE, PLACE, AND LANDSCAPE IN THE OLD AND NEW WORLDS
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Wed., 4:00 PM-5:45 PM
Organizer(s): ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM COMMITTEE (AAA) 
Chair(s): DEEANNE WYMER (Bloomsburg University)  
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