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Investigating Social Difference during the Initial Cajamarca Period

Meagan Soehn

Meagan Soehn, University of Wyoming

Publication Date: 2018
Location: Cajamarca, Peru
Who: Residents of Peru, archives, government

Research Question
What was the extent of community level social hierarchy at the beginning of the Cajamarca as it is seen at the site of Callacpuma?

Significance
While social inequality is well established during later stages (Early, Middle, and Late Cajamarca periods), the extent of community level social hierarchy at the beginning of the Cajamarca tradition is unclear.

Methods Used
This project will focus on the differentiation of space as evidence for social complexity; examining spatial complexity and room sizes as well as wall thickness and construction quality. Methods for this summer’s work include mapping, survey, and surface collection.

Conclusions/Outcomes
This project will attempt to better understand this early social hierarchy in the Cajamarca region.

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