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Type: Poster
Poster Title: PUBLIC LANDSCAPES, PERFORMANCES, AND PLAZAS IN ANCIENT PERU: RECENT FIELDWORK AT THE FORMATIVE CENTER OF CAYLÁN, COASTAL ANCASH
Author: MATTHEW HELMER, DAVID CHICOINE (Louisiana State University)   
Date/Time: Sat., 1:45 PM-3:30 PM
Co-Author(s): MATTHEW HELMER, DAVID CHICOINE (Louisiana State University) 
Abstract: Spaces utilized for public events such as feasting, spectacle, and ritual have been a rich source of data for anthropologists looking to understand dynamics of community, power, and ideology. During the Formative Period (1500-200 BC), sunken plazas were the focus of a vast array of public activities and performances in ancient Peru. This poster presents results of recent fieldwork at the site of Caylán, coastal Ancash, a large archaeological complex interpreted as the center of an emerging urban polity during the first millennium BC. The site core was organized around a series of monumental enclosure compounds, each dominated by an elaborate sunken plaza. One of these plazas, Plaza-A, occupied a central place within the settlement’s public and ritual landscape. Mapping and excavation operations conducted in 2009 and 2010 have yielded spatial and material data to assess the essence of public and ritual landscapes as viewed through the use, organization, and perception of Plaza-A. This contribution reviews and discusses these results and explores the materialization of performance in the context of emerging urbanism in coastal Peru.

Program Number: 4-0645
Session Title: CIRCULATION AND SPACE: FROM HOUSEHOLDS TO LANDSCAPES IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Sat., 1:45 PM-3:30 PM
Organizer(s): ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM COMMITTEE (AAA) 
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