An Attribute Analysis of Looted Skeletal Remains from the Site of Panquilma in the Lurin Valley of Peru
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Panquilma is a 13th–15th century pre-Hispanic community of the Lurin Valley in Lima, Peru and is located in the hinterland of Pachacamac, an important religious center of the ancient Andes. Sector 03 is composed of hundreds of burial cists, most of which are arranged in clusters and have been heavily looted. Because of this, there is a lack of original burial context for the cist excavated over the Summer 2013 field season. This paper addresses field and lab methodology as well as serves as an examination of osteological and artifact data collected over a period of one month in a superficial cleaning of Unit 14, a burial cist located in Funerary Sector 03 of the Panquilma Archaeological site. This area was chosen due to a large concentration of visible artifacts and human remains on the surface. The purpose in the superficial cleaning was to recover as much information as possible in a short time frame. Data collected for this paper specifically target questions concerning the minimum number of individuals, age range, sex of individuals, stature, and touches on the presence of possible pathological conditions, traumas, or degenerative processes that acted upon individuals buried there throughout their lifetimes, as well as status and artifact interpretations.
Van Gemert, Courtney (2014). An Attribute Analysis of Looted Skeletal Remains from the Site of Panquilma in the Lurin Valley of Peru. Honors and Undergraduate Research. Available electronically from