Cosma at the 80th Annual SAA Meeting

The 2014 Excavations at the Early Horizon Period Ceremonial Complex of Cosma, Ancash, Peru

Kimberly Munro, Doctoral Candidate, Louisiana State University

A poster presented at the 80th Annual Society for American Archaeology conference.

San Francisco, CA, April 15th-19th, 2015



The Cosma Archaeological Complex was first documented during a survey in the summer of 2013, outside of the small community of Cosma, Peru. Cosma is located 2600 M.A.S.L at the headwaters of the Nepeña river valley, in the Department of Ancash. This past season was the first to map and excavate within the site complex, which includes three Early Horizon temple mounds, a domestic area, and a hilltop fortress. The 2014 work focused on the main mound of Karecoto, a multi-storied ceremonial mound, and the smaller mound known as Ashipucoto. Preliminary data points to the earliest construction of the site to the Initial Period, with a final capping episode at Karecoto during the Early Horizon. Testing at Ashipucoto reveals that it was utilized from the Early Horizon well into the Late Intermediate Period. This poster will present on a sample of the first year’s findings that include the a tradition of circular walls and rooms throughout the site, and the interments of four children and an underground gallery going through a quadrant of the main mound center of Karecoto.

Cosma, SAA 2015


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