Ceremonial plaza - Huaca Cao Viejo, Peru

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Project NameCeremonial plaza - Huaca Cao Viejo
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Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
Photogrammetry - Terrestrial17.9 GBNikon D610 DSLR
Photogrammetry - Aerial9.13 GBDJI Mavic Air Drone
Site DescriptionFor approximately 600 years, the Huaca Cao Viejo was an important ceremonial center likely used for religious and ceremonial activities. Although the current building measures 120 x 100 m and is 30 m high, this was not always the case as this Huaca is only the latest of at least five previous iterations, built one on top of the other over a period of six centuries. The main facade, the one that faces a large ceremonial plaza measures 140 x 75 m, and was a space with a great capacity for gathering people. Groups from different sides of the valley and the north coast would have come to the Huaca and witnessed the bright iconographic and ceremonial display. Even today we can see remains of the oldest facades, hidden behind the most famous and late, with religious expressions of the time strongly based on repetition and tradition. Two main characters within the Mochica iconographic discourse are noted in these representations: El life and El Decapitador.
Project DescriptionThe ceremonial plaza at Huaca Cao Viejo was documented by El Brujo Archaeological Complex staff following a virtual training workshop with CyArk supported by the U.S. Embassy in Peru. Documentation was completed with terrestrial and aerial photogrammetry.
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Collection Date2021-08-19 to 2021-08-20
Publication Date2023-04-04
License TypeCC BY-NC-SA
CollectorsComplejo Arqueológico El Brujo
FundersU.S. Embassy Peru
Site AuthorityFundación Wiese
2023: Ceremonial plaza - Huaca Cao Viejo - Photogrammetry - Terrestrial , Photogrammetry - Aerial . Collected by Complejo Arqueológico El Brujo . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D. https://doi.org/10.26301/3bev-wa81

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