Chotuna and Chornancap: Excavating an Ancient Peruvian Legend


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Series: Monographs 70
ISBN: 978-1-931745-89-5
Publication Date: Jan 2012
Price: Hb $75.00, Pb $45.00
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Christopher B. Donnan

Christopher Donnan's Chotuna and Chornancap: Excavating an Ancient Peruvian Legend, explores one of the most intriguing oral histories passed down among ancient Peruvians: the legend of Naymlap, the founder of a dynasty that Chotuna and Chornancapruled the Lambayeque Valley of northern Peru centuries before European contact. Chotuna and ChornancapNaymlap is said to have built his palace at a place that many now consider to be the archaeological sites of Chotuna and Chornancap. In an effort to test the validity of the Naymlap legend, Donnan directed extensive archaeological excavations at Chotuna and Chornancap--completing plans of the monumental architecture, mapping and excavating most of the major structures, and developing a Chotuna and Chornancapchronology for the sites. This book presents the results of these excavations and demonstrates the extent to which the archaeological evidence correlates with the sequence of events described in the Naymlap legend.

Table of Contents
  • Ch. 01: Introduction
  • Ch. 02: Chotuna
  • Ch. 03: Chornancap
  • Ch. 04: Assessing the Validity of the NaymlayChotuna and Chornancap