Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh
Bandurria Household Dataset
This dataset complements the dissertation Household Organization and Social Inequality at Bandurria, a Late Preceramic Village in Huaura, Peru by Alejandro Jose Chu Barrera (which can be freely downloaded from the University of Pittsburgh's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Database). It provides spatial and detailed data on faunal (fish and marine invertebrates), and botanical remains gathered during test pit and horizontal excavations at Bandurria's households. The data are discussed in full in the dissertation, whose contents are as follows:
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Household dynamics and Social Complexity
- Chapter 3: Research at Bandurria
- Chapter 4: Excavation Results
- Chapter 5: Subsistence Remains Analysis
- Chapter 6: Conclusions and Perspectives
- Appendix A: Profiles
- Appendix B: Description of Stratigraphic Units Excavated
- Appendix C: Artifact Distribution
- Appendix D: Skeletal Material
- Appendix E: Subsistence Analysis Data
Funding to collect the data presented here was provided by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (No. 0531805).
Chu Barrera, Alejandro Jose (2011) Household Organization and Social Inequality at Bandurria, a Late Preceramic Village in Huaura, Peru. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.
Chu Barrera, Alejandro Jose (2015) Bandurria Household Dataset. Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh. URL: <http://www.cadb.pitt.edu>.
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Bandurria Household Project laid out several excavation units each measuring 5 x 5 m with a 1 x 1 m grid to record the findings. Both natural and cultural strata were considered as Stratigraphic Units (S.U.), and a unique identifying number was assigned to each S.U. In this research project the excavation unit number precedes each S.U. (e.g., S.U. 6.1 will refer to the stratigraphic unit 1 of the Excavation Unit 6).
After assigning a S.U. number the different elements were excavated, and all excavated strata were sieved using two mesh sizes (6 mm and 2 mm). The recovered material was divided into two samples; a controlled sample is a 12 liter sample taken from the center of the feature to avoid contamination; the 6 mm fraction of this sample was completely collected and bagged. The dataset presented here corresponds exclusively to the remains found in controlled samples.
Numeric data are provided in two file formats. Comma-delimited text files should be easy to import into spreadsheet, database, and statistical programs for manipulation and analysis. Excel spreadsheets are easier to browse, and can also be imported into many programs. The numeric data files are as follows:
|Fish remains - NISP inventory: Number of Identified Specimens (NISP) per fish taxon identified in the Stratigraphic Unit's controlled sample.||Fish remains - MNI inventory: Minimum Number of Individuals (MNI) per fish taxon identified in the Stratigraphic Unit's controlled sample.|
|Marine invertebrates - NISP inventory: Number of Identified Specimens (NISP) per marine invertebrate species identified in the Stratigraphic Unit's controlled sample.||Marine invertebrates - MNI inventory: Minimum Number of Individuals (MNI) per marine invertebrate species identified in the Stratigraphic Unit's controlled sample.|
|Botanical remains inventory: Number of Identified Specimens (NISP) per botanical species identified in the Stratigraphic Unit's controlled sample.|
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