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Catalog Number 101.10
Title Ayacucho Archaeological-Botanical Project records
Date circa 1969-1985
Collection size 18 linear feet
Creator Ayacucho Archaeological-Botanical Project
Other Creators MacNeish, Richard S.
Administrative/Biographical History
Scope & Content According to its first annual report, the Ayacucho Archaeological-Botanical project, directed by Richard MacNeish, sought to further the aims of the Tehuacán Valley project in investigating "the problem of the origin of agriculture and the relationship of this phenomenon to development of village life and ultimately to civilization in New World Centers." Peru was considered to be a second center in the New World, and a June 1966 survey identified the Ayacucho Basin as a suitable highlands excavation site. The site was subsequently excavated from 1969 to 1975, with National Science Foundation funding.

These project records contain field notes, publication notes, administrative files, photographic material, photographic material indexes, maps and publication illustrations. The field notes are organized into sections: "Volume III raw data," "Projectile points," "Bifaces," "Sidescrapers," "Endscrapers," and "Survey notes." The publication notes are typically organized by book volume and chapter. The administrative files contain correspondence, accounting material and the project's National Science Foundation (NSF) grant proposal. The photographic material is comprised of site photography, mostly in the form of negatives, sometimes with a corresponding contact print. The files include typescript drafts of the never-published Volume I, tentatively titled "Changes in Environment and Prehistoric Culture."

Many of the project's annual reports and formal publications have been digitized and are available online: see the multimedia links.
Conditions Governing Access This collection is open for research.
Language of Material English, Spanish
Relevant Links First Annual Report of the Ayachucho Archaeological-Botanical Project
Second Annual Report of the Ayachucho Archaeological-Botanical Project
Prehistory of the Ayachucho Basin, Peru : Volume III : Nonceramic Artifacts
Prehistory of the Ayachucho Basin, Peru : Volume IV : The Preceramic Way of Life