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[en] Full text: An archaeological site with several funerary houses built in the cliffs of the Laguna de los Condores by the Chachapoya people was discovered in 1997 in the cloud forest at a sea level of 2500 m in the Amazonas/San Martin area in Peru. The Chachapoya people and their culture is not fully understood until now and some myths entwine around the origin of that South American ancient civilisation. The Chachapoya are described as people of warriors, which were finally subdued by the Incas. A typical characteristic of their culture is the special burial of their dead in funeral bundles containing the remains of the bodies. At the Laguna de los Condores more that 200 mummies have been found and transferred to Leymebamba. During the rescue work of the mummies, which were in danger to be destroyed by looters, it turned out that two different burial patterns could be detected. It is assumed, that after conquering of the Chachapoyas, the Inca people took over also the burial cliff houses and used it for their own burials. The Incas themselves were subdued by the Spanish Conquistadors in 1532 AD. In order to shed light on the transition from the Chachapoya to the Inka dominance, which is connected with the history of the Laguna de los Condores funeral site, a multidisciplinary project between archaeologists, anthropologists and physicists has been started. VERA contributes to this project with several radiocarbon dates of archaeological objects and of the mummies from this Chachapoya/Inca site. (author)
[en] Few aspects of New Zealand's prehistory have engaged scientific and public attention so consistently as two interlinked questions of moa extinction; when did moas become extinct and why? Answers offered over the last 160 years have run the gamut from chronological antiquity by evolutionary senescence, to within the 19th century Maori and European disturbance. (author)
[en] A brief history of the site at Pella, Jordan is presented, as a prelude to an analysis of the element composition of 82 pottery sherds. Statistical results from this data support the archaeological evidence for occupation during the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age
[en] The excavation of site R11/859 for the proposed Northern Runway Development (NRD) at Auckland Intenational Airport remains one of the largest excavations undertaken in the Auckland region in recent times. The results presented here illustrate how the pre-European Maori settlement in the Mangere area shifted over time. The site also proved to be a useful testing ground for interpretation of the heavily modifield features typically found in this part of Auckland.
[en] When combined with results from our excavations of 2012-2014, the work reported here has expanded our understanding of the past occupation of Ahuahu Great Mercury Island and provided more insights into the nature of the archaeological record. We have 30 radiocarbon determinations from sites in the tombolo area, an understanding of the geomorphology and its influence on site characteristics, information about vegetation change from forest conifer species to shrubs, and a longer contextual vegetation history from cores taken from swamps and analysed. Most importantly, we have a significant sample of obsidian, chert, and basalt from sites of different ages to investigate technology and the movement of stone materials to the island form widely diverse sources. (author).