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Early New World Monumentality$
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Richard Burger and Robert Rosenswig

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813038087

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813038087.001.0001

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Preceramic and Initial Period Monumentality within the Casma Valley of Peru

Preceramic and Initial Period Monumentality within the Casma Valley of Peru

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(p.364) 13 Preceramic and Initial Period Monumentality within the Casma Valley of Peru
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Early New World Monumentality
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Thomas Pozorski

Shelia Pozorski

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813038087.003.0013

In the Casma Valley area of Peru, truly monumental construction suddenly appears in the Initial Period associated with the advent of inland intensive agriculture along with a continued dependence on marine resources for animal protein. Sociopolitical complexity approaching early state-level society is reflected in numerous sites that exhibit precise modular site planning, huge mounds erected in large labor-intensive building phases, and special function constructions that contain both “practical” and “non-practical” features. Sporadic architectural features, subsistence remains, and artifacts indicate some limited contact with coastal cultures to the north and highland cultures to the east.

Keywords:   Casma Valley, Initial Period, Preceramic, modular architecture, sociopolitical complexity, monumental architecture, state-level society, irrigation agriculture, subsistence exchange

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