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Google Earth Shows Clandestine Worlds, Heather Pringle Aug 2010

Google Earth Shows Clandestine Worlds, Heather Pringle

Daniel A. Contreras

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Shining Light On Looting: Using Google Earth To Quantify Damage And Raise Public Awareness, Daniel A. Contreras, Neil Brodie Apr 2010

Shining Light On Looting: Using Google Earth To Quantify Damage And Raise Public Awareness, Daniel A. Contreras, Neil Brodie

Daniel A. Contreras

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The Utility Of Publicly-Available Satellite Imagery For Investigating Looting Of Archaeological Sites In Jordan, Daniel A. Contreras, Neil Brodie Feb 2010

The Utility Of Publicly-Available Satellite Imagery For Investigating Looting Of Archaeological Sites In Jordan, Daniel A. Contreras, Neil Brodie

Daniel A. Contreras

International response to the problem of looting of archaeological sites has been hampered by the difficulty of quantifying the damage done. The scarcity of reliable information negatively impacts professional and public policy making, rendering consensus about the scale of the problem and the effectiveness of policy responses difficult to achieve. We report here on the use of publicly-available satellite imagery for quantifying the damage caused by looting of archaeological sites in Jordan. The ease of use and affordability of imagery such as that provided by Google Earth make the identification, quantification, and monitoring of archaeological site looting possible at a ...


Reconstructing An Engineered Environment In The Central Andes: Landscape Geoarchaeology At Chavín De Huántar, Peru, Daniel A. Contreras Dec 2009

Reconstructing An Engineered Environment In The Central Andes: Landscape Geoarchaeology At Chavín De Huántar, Peru, Daniel A. Contreras

Daniel A. Contreras

Chavín de Huántar, a Formative Period ceremonial center in the Peruvian Central Andes, has been a focus of archaeological research for more than 70 years. Nevertheless, I argue, its extent and character remain incompletely understood. This is a result of a highly active geologic environment, which both influenced human–environment interactions in Chavín’s prehistory and created a substantial taphonomic challenge to archaeological interpretation. The integration of archaeological and geologic data in a site GIS has been used to reconstruct a pre-Chavín landscape and to estimate the scale of geomorphic and anthropogenic landscape change at Chavín. That reconstruction is used ...


Huaqueros And Remote Sensing Imagery: Assessing Looting Damage In The Virú Valley, Peru, Daniel A. Contreras Dec 2009

Huaqueros And Remote Sensing Imagery: Assessing Looting Damage In The Virú Valley, Peru, Daniel A. Contreras

Daniel A. Contreras

This article presents a new initiative in combating looting from the air, building on previous work in Iraq and Jordan. Looted sites in the Virú Valley, Peru, are visible as pit clusters on dated versions of Google Earth. Compare these with earlier air photographs and Gordon Willey's famous survey of the 1940s, and we have a dated chronicle of looting events. This makes it possible to demonstrate that modern looting is certainly taking place and linked to an upsurge in the antiquities trade. As well as being a new instrument for managing heritage, the author shows that the looting ...


Landscape And Environment: Insights From The Prehispanic Central Andes, Daniel A. Contreras Dec 2009

Landscape And Environment: Insights From The Prehispanic Central Andes, Daniel A. Contreras

Daniel A. Contreras

Attention to human–environment relationships in the central Andes has a long history. Although the area is not a neat microcosm of the globe, wholly representative of worldwide trends in the archaeology of human–environment interactions, it has been the site of both seminal investigations in archaeology and a substantial body of recent work that investigates themes of broad archaeological relevance. Specifically, central Andean environments have been variously conceived as structuring, modified, and sacred. These approaches to some extent reflect broad trends in archaeology, while also suggesting directions in which the archaeology of human–environment interactions is moving and highlighting ...


A Mito-Style Structure At Chavín De Huántar: Dating And Implications, Daniel A. Contreras Dec 2009

A Mito-Style Structure At Chavín De Huántar: Dating And Implications, Daniel A. Contreras

Daniel A. Contreras

Excavations west of the monumental core at Chavín de Huántar, Peru in 2005 revealed a well- preserved plastered structure with a central circular hearth, in the style of the Mito Architectural Tradition. This find challenges standard definitions of both the Mito Tradition and Chavín itself. I discuss the material remains and associated radiocarbon dates from this feature, and use these new data to re- assess Chavín’s involvement in interregional networks and its relationship to earlier ceremonial centers in the Central Andean highlands. Excavaciones al oeste del núcleo monumental de Chavín de Huántar, Perú en 2005 expusieron ...