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The Nasca by Helaine Silverman

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1; Ziólkowski et al. 1994). In addition, McEwan (1996: fig. 2 According to his radiocarbon dates for the site, the Nasca 6 pottery The Nasca Ceramic Tradition 39 must date to between ad 600 and 900. 1). Nasca archaeology is in dire need of a consistent series of phaseby-phase radiocarbon dates. This will be possible only with more excavation, ideally at habitation sites. It is a secure chronology that will let us see the “punctuated changes” (Pauketat 1998: 54) necessary for doing a theoretically informed archaeological ethnography of the ancient Nasca.

Inter-valley connections are shortest via the foothills located at or near the valley necks, rather than along the coast. Referring to the largely inland development of Nasca agriculture and society and its ecological setting, the great geographer– historian, Paul Kosok (1965: 50), observed that the Nazca region “is not strictly coastal . . It is even less Sierra. ” He also noted that the Nazca region “has always been the natural southern coastal entrance into the southern Sierras proper – connecting this section of the Coast with Ayacucho, Abancay, Cuzco and even Lake Titicaca” (Kosok 1965: 50).

Yacovleff (1932b) also offered a stylistic developmental ordering of Nasca art and concluded, like Uhle before him, that Nasca art evolved from representational motifs to abstract ones. In an attempt to deal in a more systematic way with the internal chronology of the Nasca style, Gayton and Kroeber (1927) devised a quantitative method of ordering which they considered suitable for collections of unassociated pottery such as that purchased by Uhle in Nazca and curated at Berkeley. By correlating frequencies of specific designs and color combinations with shape categories The Nasca Ceramic Tradition 21 (Gayton and Kroeber 1927: fig.

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