Aerial, surface, and subsurface multimodal mapping in Coastal Peru: Insights from Cerro San Isidro, Moro Region, Nepeña Valley

Golay Lausanne, Kayla, Chicoine, David, Navarro Vega, Jeisen and Lau, George F. ORCID: (2024) Aerial, surface, and subsurface multimodal mapping in Coastal Peru: Insights from Cerro San Isidro, Moro Region, Nepeña Valley. Advances in Archaeological Practice. ISSN 2326-3768

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This article describes a series of steps to integrate multiple modes of archaeological mapping in arid and agricultural settings. We use the coastal region of Peru as a case study and share our recent field experience at Cerro San Isidro, a multicomponent hill site located in the agriculture-intensive and mid-elevation (about 500 m asl) Moro region of the Nepeña Valley. In June and July 2022, we spent eight weeks deploying a combination of drone aerial imagery, pedestrian GPS reconnaissance, and GPR survey to map the surface and subsurface features at the site and in the adjacent agricultural fields. Our efforts suggest that the ancient settlement extended over an area of at least 50 ha, well beyond the visible surface architecture. Using a multimodal approach to confirming the partial destruction of archaeological vestiges by modern agricultural encroachment is both time-effective and noninvasive. The article offers insights from our experience, including the sequence of field operations, technical troubleshooting, and the collection and integration of datasets. We discuss the methodological potential and implications of this combination of multimodal mapping and its deployment in coastal Peru, a region that, like many others in the world, is increasingly subject to rapid agricultural expansion and other anthropogenic developments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: peru,archaeological survey,drone imagery,ground-penetrating radar,multimodal mapping,remote sensing,archaeology,archaeology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1204
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Area Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Centres > Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 May 2024 08:30
Last Modified: 31 May 2024 08:30
DOI: 10.1017/aap.2024.2


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