Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh
Yahuay Alta Community Dataset
This dataset complements the dissertation Huaracane Social Organization: Change Over Time at the Prehispanic Community of Yahuay Alta, Perú by Kirk E. Costion (which can be freely downloaded from the University of Pittsburgh's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Database). It provides detailed data on survey and excavation materials gathered at the Yahuay Alta site, Moquegua Valley, Perú. The data are discussed in full in the dissertation, whose contents are as follows:
- Chapter 1: Introduction: Investigating Huaracane Social Organization
- Chapter 2: The Huaracane Tradition of the Middle Moquegua Valley
- Chapter 3: Yahuay Alta: A Huaracane Community
- Chapter 4: The Analysis of Surface Collection Material: Inter-Sector and Intra-Sector Approaches to Surface Artifact Distributions at Yahuay Alta
- Chapter 5: Late Huaracane Households
- Chapter 6: Terminal Huaracane Households
- Chapter 7: Surface Collection Material: A Comparison of Late Huaracane and Terminal Huaracane Communities
- Chapter 8: Conclusions: Yahuay Alta, A Culturally Isolated Huaracane Community
- Appendix A: Huaracane Ceramics at Yahuay Alta
- Appendix B: Surface Collection Data
- Appendix C: Excavation Data
Funding to collect the data presented here was provided by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (Award No. BCS-0628963).
Costion, Kirk E. (2009) Huaracane Social Organization: Change Over Time at the Prehispanic Community of Yahuay Alta, Perú. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.
Costion, Kirk E. (2013) Yahuay Alta Community Dataset. Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh. URL: <http://www.cadb.pitt.edu>.
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Numeric data for artifacts gathered through surface collections and horizontal excavations 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:
|Surface Collection Data: Information on materials gathered through surface collections, organized by sector and unit.||Surface Ceramics: Information on ceramic materials gathered through surface collections for each lot, sector, and unit by type.|
|Surface Collection Units: Information on the location and number of sherds found in each surface collection unit which was used in intra-sector analysis.||Surface Collection Unit Groupings: Groupings of surface collection units used to conduct the intra-sector lithic analysis.|
|Artifact Densities: Detailed data on artifact densities gathered through surface collections.||Surface Diagnostic Ceramics: Detailed data on diagnostic ceramics gathered through surface collections.|
|Surface Lithics: Information on lithic materials gathered through surface collections, organized by sector, unit, and material.||Surface Implements: Information on lithic implements gathered through surface collections, organized by sector, unit, form, and material.|
|Surface Debitage: Information on number and weight of debitage gathered through surface collections, organized by sector and unit.|
|Excavation Data: Information on materials gathered through horizontal excavations.||Excavation Ceramics: Information on ceramic materials gathered through horizontal excavations, organized by type.|
|Excavation Diagnostics: Detailed data on diagnostic ceramics gathered through horizontal excavations.||Excavation Lithics: Information on lithic materials gathered through horizontal excavations.|
|Excavation Implements: Information on lithic implements gathered through horizontal excavations, organized by form and material.||Excavation Debitage: Information on number and weight of debitage gathered through horizontal excavations.|
|Excavation Animal Bone: Information on animal bone gathered through horizontal excavations.|
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