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Prehistoric Raised Field Agriculture in the Casma Valley, Peru

Jerry D. Moore
Journal of Field Archaeology
Vol. 15, No. 3 (Autumn, 1988), pp. 265-276
Published by: Maney Publishing
DOI: 10.2307/530308
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/530308
Page Count: 12
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Prehistoric Raised Field Agriculture in the Casma Valley, Peru
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Abstract

Investigations in the Casma Valley, Peru resulted in identification of a complex of prehispanic raised agricultural fields and a prehistoric settlement of agricultural workers established and maintained by the Chimu Empire (A. C. 900-1470), the largest Andean state prior to the Inca. Fieldwork documented that the raised fields 1) covered a maximum of 439 ha, 2) dated from the later phases of Chimu imperial expansion (A. C. 1300-1470), 3) served to reclaim boggy land, and 4) required fewer than 600 man-years to build. The raised fields represent one aspect of the Chimu Empire's involvement in agricultural production.

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