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Elite Wari Women and Digital Methods - A GIS case study in a Peruvian Burial chamber

Thursday 12 March 2020
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

A burial chamber was found at Castillo de Huarmey, located on the central-north coast of Peru. It contained the skeletal remains of fifty eight female representatives of the highest pre-Columbian elite, together with six human sacrifice victims, two guards and over 1400 items of exquisite grave goods.

The presentation will show the process of the data acquisition during excavation, through post-processing and collecting all of the information in GIS, to the visualization and first hypothesis, until the final interpretations of the context. The main question to answer is whether any kind of relationship can be seen between the buried women, and whether the spatial distribution of particular categories of artifacts presented a specific spatial patterns of the burial itself.

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