20174904(en)/003-Behind the Veneers. Labor Organization in Cerro Blanco Sur, an Early Building of the Peruvian Central Andes

BEHIND THE VENEERS. LABOR ORGANIZATION IN CERRO BLANCO SUR, AN EARLY BUILDING OF THE PERUVIAN CENTRAL ANDES

DETRÁS DE LOS PARAMENTOS. ORGANIZACIÓN DE LA CONSTRUCCIÓN EN CERRO BLANCO SUR, UN EDIFICIO TEMPRANO DE LOS ANDES CENTRALES (PERÚ)

Rafael Vega-Centeno Sara-Lafosse, Américo Santillán y Alexis Solis Curi

We describe the architectural evidence of the site Cerro Blanco Sur in order to define its formal patterns and evaluate its construction process. The formal analysis reveals similarities with the well-known early architectural complexes of the Casma Valley thus expanding our perspective on regional dynamics during the Early Formative Period. Also the record of the veneers of 80 meter-long walls allows reconstructing the construction process, figuring a scenario where small segments were built in a sequential mode. Hence, it did not seem to have required large-scale recruitment of labor force, but, rather, small groups of masons who worked in a sequential mode during the construction process. Our analysis provides a pioneer study on Early Formative Period construction processes which opens new perspectives for the understanding of the socio-political dynamics behind the building of public architecture during this period.

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