Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh
Nepeña Valley Dataset
This dataset complements the dissertation Leadership, Crisis and Political Change: The End of the Formative Period in the Nepeña Valley, Peru by Hugo Cesar Ikehara Tsukayama (which can be freely downloaded from the University of Pittsburgh's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Database). It provides detailed information about the distribution and types of ceramic remains recovered during survey at the Nepeña Valley, in north coastal Peru. The data are discussed in full in the dissertation, whose contents are as follows:
- Chapter 1: Introduction: Leadership, crisis, and Political Change
- Chapter 2: Environmental Setting and Historical Context
- Chapter 3: Methodology
- Chapter 4: Identifying Leaders
- Chapter 5: Demography and Communities
- Chapter 6: Patterns of Community Economic Organization
- Chapter 7: Agricultural Potential and Socioeconomic Patterns
- Chapter 8: Ceremonial Architecture, Ritual Practices and Power
- Chapter 9: Conflict and Warfare
- Chapter 10: Discussion: Trajectories of Social Change in the Middle Nepeña Valley
- Chapter 11: Conclusions
- Appendix A: Analysis of Garbage Dispersion in Modern Rural Households
- Appendix B: Ceramic Analisys: Methodology and Types Descriptions
- Appendix C: Household Database for Absolute Demographic Reconstruction
- Appendix D: Ceremonial Centers Plans and Photos
Funding to collect the data presented here was provided by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (No. 1238352).
Ikehara Tsukayama, Hugo Cesar (2015) Leadership, Crisis and Political Change: The End of the Formative Period in the Nepeña Valley, Peru. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.
Ikehara Tsukayama, Hugo Cesar (2016) Nepeña Valley Dataset. Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh. URL: <http://www.cadb.pitt.edu>.
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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:
|Survey Unit Information: Information about the location, area, and ceramic counts and densities of each survey unit in the study area.||Ceramic Inventory: Ceramic counts by ware type and period for each collection unit in the Nepeña Valley survey.|
|Ceramic Production Proxies: sherd counts for each collection unit for ceramic artifacts that serve as production proxies.|
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 17L (units are meters) based on the WGS84 datum.
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