Wrapping up the 2019 field season

The 2019 field season for the ‘Rise of Divine Lordships in the Ancient Andes‘ project is winding up after a tremendously successful summer!

Seven units, including two large horizontal exposures, have been excavated across Pashash this season and some amazing discoveries have been made, including an array of decorated ceramics, figurines, beads and other offerings. Last week the team completed excavations and finished backfilling the units they worked on in early September.

The group have mapped the visible walls and produced a 3D model, orthomosaic, and digital elevation model (DEM) of the site. The archaeological survey recorded over 25 sites in the area around Cabana and the new settlement pattern data helps to locate Pashash in its broader regional, environmental and cultural landscape context.

The team also worked full-time on lab work this month, photographing artefacts, filling out field forms, and finalizing inventory. The work has involved cleaning, labelling materials, boxing and prepping for museum storage: over 50,000 fragments and 80 boxes of ceramics!

On September 12th, the PIARP team held a conference in Cabana to present the initial findings of the project. George Lau, Milton Luján, and Jacob Bongers gave presentations on their work at Pashash. At the end of the conference, project members were honoured with certificates of recognition from the municipality and school community. 

The ‘Rise of Divine Lordships in the Ancient Andes‘ project will continue back in UK and US now, as team members develop and write up their findings from the field, alongside planning the next stages of the project.


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