Introducing the Project:
The Pachacamac Archaeological Project is a long-term, international and interdisciplinary investigation that aims to elucidate the social foundations of Pachacamac, situated just south of the city of Lima. Pachacamac is best known for its durable regional and pan-Andean religious significance and is often characterized as the preeminent religious center of coastal Peru.
After some 15 years of careful planning, the project began its fieldwork during the summer of 2003. It is co-directed by Izumi Shimada (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL), Rafael Segura (Catholic University of Peru, Lima) and María Rostworowski (Institute of Peruvian Studies, Lima) and supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.
Our 2005 field season involved excavations (July-October) in the Pilgrims' Plaza and cemetery in front of the Pachacamac Temple (aka Painted Temple), followed by laboratory work through mid-December. The main objective of the 2006 season (July-August) is to initiate (1) conservation and technical-stylistic analysis of textiles and other woven materials and (2) analysis of skeletal remains from some 50 funerary bundles excavated from the aforementioned cemetery. AMS-dating, mtDNA, and stable isotope (C, N, O and Sr) analyses of organic samples from the 2005 season continue. In addition, petrographic, Mössbauer spectrographic, and INAA (instrumental neutron activation) analyses of ceramic and clay samples from the same season will begin in June, 2006.
This website offers you information on various aspects of the site of Pachacamac as well as the aims, methodology, organization, personnel, and emerging results of our ongoing project. We hope you find it enjoyable and informative and welcome your comments.