A context based relative chronology of Nasca pottery from Palpa, Peru

The dissertation project investigates the pottery chronology of the Nasca culture (Peru, 150 BC ? 650 AD) and is carried out at the DAI (http://www.dainst.org/index_593_de.html) within a BMBF fostered research cluster. In contrast to earlier studies about the Nasca chronology and because of recent excavations carried out by the DAI in Palpa, we now rely on a huge amount of pottery from stratified contexts that are important for chronological interpretation. The dissertation is also based upon a new broad regional database. The outcome will be a chronologically and spatially more accurate definition of the Nasca culture that can facilitate further transcultural studies.


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Niels Hecht (associated member)
Heidelberg University
Transcultural Studies
Marstallstraße 6
69117 Heidelberg

Phone: 06221/5478-66
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Niels Hecht has studied American Archaeology, Ethnology, European Prehistory, and Spanish Philology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. During a one year guest study at the Pontifícia Universidad Católica del Perú he focused upon Peruvian archaeology. 2004 he graduated as Master of Arts with a thesis about ?Gräberkundliche Untersuchungen zur Sozialstruktur der Nasca-Kultur, Peru?. From 2004 to 2007 he conducted research within a BMBF fostered research cluster at the Kommission für Außereuropäische Kulturen at the German Institute of Archaeology. His research included the archaeological documentation and analysis of pottery from excavations at Palpa, Peru; the close cooperation with scientific partners like the Institut für Rechnergestützte Automation of TU Wien, with the Arbeitsgruppe Radiometrie of the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften and with the Arbeitsgruppe Montanarchäologie und Materialanalytik of the Bergbaumuseum Bochum. Currently he is finishing his dissertation thesis about the relative Chronology of Nasca pottery from Palpa. Collobaration at Transcultural Studies ended 31th December 2011.

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