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Northern Illinois University Anthropologist Winifred Creamer collects a carbon sample at the site of Carreteria in the Pativilca Valley.

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Northern Illinois University’s Winifred Creamer (second from left, hat) leads a crew of student archaeologists as they map a cleared surface at the top of a mound at the site of Vinto Alto in the Pativilca Valley.

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Winifred Creamer

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NIU's Winifred Creamer at an archaeological site in the Norte Chico region in September 2004.

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NIU's Winifred Creamer surveys an ancient wall at a partially destroyed site in the Norte Chico region this past October.

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Jonathan Haas

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Jonathan Haas of The Field Museum and Winifred Creamer of Northern Illinois University examine one of 54 bundles of willow branches found at the bottom of a test pit at Caballete in the Fortaleza Valley. The archaeologists believe the bundles may have been pre-construction offerings.

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Jonathan Haas of The Field Museum and Winifred Creamer of Northern Illinois University examine one of 54 bundles of willow branches found at the bottom of a test pit at Caballete in the Fortaleza Valley. The archaeologists believe the bundles may have been pre-construction offerings.

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Alvaro Ruiz

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Researchers excavate a buried wall at the site of Caballete in the Fortaleza Valley.

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At the site of Caballete in the Fortaleza Valley, crew members excavate the remnants of a dwelling made of cane and mud.

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A circle of upright stones, called huancas, at the base of the main pyramid at Caballete in the Fortaleza Valley. Before being set up, some of these stones, which are up to two meters high, were shaped and polished. Sixteenth century chroniclers reported veneration of these stones. One myth recounts that the gods turned heroic ancestors into the stones so that they could be honored.

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Jonathan Haas of The Field Museum clears one side of a looters’ pit at the site of Pampa San Jose in the Pativilca Valley.

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At the site of Caballete in the Fortaleza Valley, a researcher excavates the remnants of a cane-and-mud dwelling.

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An overview of Caballete in the Fortaleza Valley, taken from nearby cane fields.

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An aerial view of the Punta y Suela archaeological site in the Pativilca Valley, circa 1969.

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An overview of the site of Porvenir in the Fortaleza Valley, taken from adjacent hills.

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An overview of Caballete in the Fortaleza Valley, taken from adjacent hills.

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