Excavations at Cerro Azul, Peru: The Architecture and Pottery


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Series: Monographs 62
ISBN: 978-1-931745-55-0
Publication Date: May 2008
Price: Hb $29.95, Pb $19.95
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Joyce Marcus

During the Late Intermediate period (AD 1100-1470), the lower Cañete Valley of Peru was controlled by the walled Kingdom of Huarco. While inland sites produced irrigated crops, the seaside community of Cerro Azul, 130 km south of Lima, produced fish for the rest of the kingdom. 

Excavations at Cerro Azul, Peru

Cerro Azul's noble families lived in large, multipurpose compounds with tapia walls.Their pottery had its strongest ties with valleys to the south, such as Chincha and Ica. During the course of excavation, the University of Michigan Project excavated two tapia buildings in their entirety, saving every sherd from every room, walled work area, feature, and midden. This remarkable volume is the final site report on the architecture and pottery of Late Intermediate Cerro Azul.

Excavations at Cerro Azul, Peru

Recipient of the Jo Anne Stolaroff Cotsen Prize

Table of Contents
  • Ch. 01:  An Introduction to the Kingdom of Huarco
  • Ch. 02:  The Architecture and Layout of Late Intermediate Cerro Azul
  • Ch. 03:  Late Intermediate Pottery Types
  • Appendix A: Petrographic Analyses of the Cerro Azul Pottery Types by James B. Stoltman
  • Ch. 04:  Structure D: The Southwest Quadrant
  • Ch. 05:  Structure D: The Southeast Quadrant
  • Ch. 06:  Structure D: The Northeast Quadrant
  • Ch. 07:  Structure D: The Northwest Quadrant
  • Ch. 08:  Structure 9
  • Ch. 09:  The Quebradas of Cerro Camacho
  • Ch. 10: Interregional Comparisons and Cultural Inferences

Excavations at Cerro Azul, Peru