Thank you for your interest in this kickstarter project. With your support the Central Coast Peruvian Archaeology Project, would be able to work towards publishing our findings in the world of academia while making the knowledge available for the public! You can be a part of this journey!
So what is archaeology?
Well… although Indiana Jones and Laura Croft may seem like the spitting image of an archaeologist, we are never that clean! What we do entails digging, sifting, cleaning, and analyzing through ancient garbage. It is not quite as glamorous as the movies portray but there is nothing quite like getting your hands dirty. This ancient trash such as ceramics, stones, fabrics, beads, metals, and human skeletons can aid in explaining the past.
An extensive amount of archaeology has taken place in the Maya, Aztec and Inca cultures as we can see in the news! Yet there is a large region that has not been explored as much as it needs to be and this is what we want to do. We want to connect the dots that surround the ancient Ychsma civilization of Peru and inform the public about this fascinating culture that once ruled the Central Coast of Peru for decades!
What is the context of this research?
This project has been ongoing for the past 3 summers but the mortuary archaeology portion only started a year and a half ago. This 2015 field season will focus on human skeletal remains recovered from Panquilma (c. AD 900-1532) just south of Lima. Panquilma is a secondary Ychsma community to the most important religious center of the South American coast, Pachacamac.
Although extensive studies have occurred at Pachacamac, the secondary Ychsma sites have rarely been archaeologically explored. It is especially important to address, the nature of the rural elites that lived at the secondary sites [such as Panquilma] and the influence that the religious center [Pachacamac] had in the development of their power strategies.