Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)

First Advisor

Dr. Thomas Pozorski

Second Advisor

Dr. Shelia Pozorski

Third Advisor

Bobbie Lovett


The Casma Valley on the north coast of Peru contains a high concentration of Initial Period (2150-1000 B.C.) sites. One of these sites, Huerequeque, is located approximately 25 km inland in the Sechin branch of the river on a hillside. The site contains a mound and plaza complex, intermediate architecture, and residential architecture. My project considers the resources needed for constructions and tools. I identify what was utilized and discuss trends in construction material, collection methods and argue a “convenient construction” model. Included in my discussion of architecture, I consider the amount of human power necessary for these efforts. Regarding stone tools, I address artifacts from the 2009-11 field seasons in terms of their function, composition, and possible source regions. This study is aimed to provide a glimpse into ancient life ways in an attempt to gain a better understanding of how an early complex society utilized their environment


Copyright 2012 Daniel Wilson Nicholson. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American