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'Rise of Divine Lordships in the Ancient Andes' field season completion

The 2019 field season for the 'Rise of Divine Lordships in the Ancient Andes' project has ended, following a tremendously successful summer. Seven units were excavated across Pashash this season and some amazing discoveries have been made, including a dense array of decorated ceramics. The group mapped all of the visible walls and produced a 3D model, orthomosaic, and digital elevation model (DEM) of the site. The archaeological survey recorded over 25 sites in the area around Cabana and the work has developed understandings of Pashash and its broader archaeological landscape.

Since excavations finished, the team have been photographing artefacts, cleaning and labelling materials, finalizing inventory, boxing and prepping over 50,000 fragments and 80 boxes of ceramics for museum storage!

On September 12th, the PIARP team held a conference in Cabana to present the initial findings of the project. George Lau, Milton Luján, and Jacob Bongers gave presentations on their work at Pashash. At the end of the conference, all staff members received diplomas from the community honouring their work. 

The project will now continue back in UK and US, as team members write up their findings from the field, alongside planning the next stages of the project.

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