Galindo in Volumes: Architectural Investment through Aerial Drone Maps at the Late Moche Site of Galindo, Peru Public Deposited

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  • February 26, 2019
  • Murray, Brendon
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Curriculum in Archaeology
  • In this thesis, I use aerial drone photography, photogrammetry, and Global Information Systems (GIS) software to investigate labor investment in the monumental structures of Galindo. In total 1,881 photos were taken at an altitude of 100 meters at the site and were compiled into a 3-D rendering of the site. This rendering was then analyzed in ArcGIS to calculate the volume of monumental structures at the site. These volumetric data were then used to estimate the total labor investment for each structure. These data are used in conjunction with recent research to better understand Galindo’s unique place in the history of the Moche Valley. I propose a new chronology of the construction of monumental structures at the site of Galindo and a reevaluation of its relationship with Huacas del Moche and Chan Chan. This chronology indicates that Galindo began as a secondary site in the Middle Moche Phase and ascended to primary site in the Late Moche Phase. With a shift in power, Galindo developed unique styles of monumental architecture, shifting from huaca-style mounds to the walled-complexes known as cercaduras. This understanding of labor investment at Galindo may have further implications including shifts in political structure and dynastic succession.
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  • Funding: Julia Crane Award
  • Billman, Brian R.
  • Bachelor of Arts
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  • Archaeology
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  • Honors
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduation year
  • 2018
  • English

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