Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh

Pedregal Dataset
Robyn E. Cutright

This dataset complements the dissertation Between the Kitchen and the State: Domestic Practice and Chimú Expansion in the Jequetepeque Valley, Peru by Robyn E. Cutright (which can be freely downloaded from the University of Pittsburgh's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Database). It provides detailed data on excavated materials gathered at the Pedregal site, Jequetepeque valley, north of Perú. The data are discussed in full in the dissertation, whose contents are as follows:

Additional relevant publications:

Cutright, Robyn E. (2015) Eating Empire in the Jequetepeque: A Local View of Chimú Expansion on the North Coast of Peru. Latin American Antiquity 26(1): 64-86.
Cutright, Robyn E. (2013) Household Ofrendas and Community Feasts: Ritual at a Late Intermediate Period Village in the Jequetepeque Valley, Peru. Ñawpa Pacha 33(1): 1-21.
Cutright, Robyn E. (2010) Food, Family, and Empire: Relating Political and Domestic Change in the Jequetepeque Hinterland/Comida, familia, e imperio: Relacionando cambios políticos y domésticos en la periferia del Jequetepeque. In Comparative Perspectives on the Archaeology of Coastal South America, edited by Robyn E. Cutright, Enrique López-Hurtado, and Alexander J. Martín, pp 27-44. Center for Comparative Archaeology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

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Cutright, Robyn E. (2009) Between the Kitchen and the State: Domestic Practice and Chimú Expansion in the Jequetepeque Valley, Peru. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.
Cutright, Robyn E. (2015) Pedregal Dataset. Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh. URL: <>.

Designed by Alexander J. Martín

Spatial Information

Spatial information is provided as an AutoCAD (Release 12) .DXF file which can be read by many CAD and GIS programs. The coordinate system is UTM Zone 17 (units are meters) based on the PSAD 56 datum.

Site Map: Location of site features, surface structures, and excavated units.

Numeric Data

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:

Context Information

Context Registry

Ceramic counts and weights by context

Ceramic data by diagnostic sherd








Soil sample volume by context

Botanical totals

Spindle whorls

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