By George F. Lau
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To the north of the Callejón de Huaylas are the regions of Corongo and Pallasca, associated with the northernmost Recuay developments. This portion of the Ancash sierra is relatively unknown archaeologically, except for a few studies (Grieder 1978; Grieder et al. 1988; Terada 1979). It remains the crucial terrain, however, for understanding Recuay’s cultural interaction with the Santiago de Chuco region and Early Intermediate Period societies farther north in Huamachuco and Cajamarca. The major drainage for Pallasca is that of the Río Tablachaca, which joins the Río Santa as it descends to the coast.
I conclude that special architectural contexts, especially walled enclosures and hilltop communities, were crucial for Recuay social life. Our understanding of the ancient Recuay world relies on evidence for a distinctive physical and religious engagement with the landscape. Chapter 5 examines one of the most recognizable pottery traditions in ancient America. I provide an appraisal of Recuay ceramic technology, function, and chronology, combining relative and radiocarbon dating. d. 1–700) and shows that classic Recuay fine pottery was largely limited to high-status production and use, especially for ceremonial purposes (offerings, funerary rites, display).
Marañón Callejón de Huaylas R. Nepeña A 5000 Inka road Caraz Chimbote Antamina 4000 3000 R. Pira R. Santa R. Mosna R. Marañón 2000 1000 B FiGure 3. (Top and middle) Schematic profiles of transects A–A' and B–B' across Ancash Department, with transect locations found in fig. 2; (bottom) schematic profile of the vertical ecological zones in Ancash Department. Conchucos Callejón de Huaylas 50 100 B' 150 km masl 6000 Janca 5000 Puna 4000 3000 Quechua 2000 1000 Ceja Suni Yunga Coast Recuay’s geographic boundaries coincided with the Cordillera Huayhuash and the Pativilca Valley to the south, the Río Marañón to the east, and the Pallasca (Cabana) region in the north (fig.