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Preface Two decades ago the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology , Harvard University, initiated archaeological investigationsin the Pacific states of the Republic of Nicaragua under the direction of Dr. Gordon R. Willey, with the assistance of Mr. Albert H. Norweb. This work, which was carried out in two separate field seasons, 1959 and 1961, wasgenerously funded bythe Institute of Andean Research, the National Science Foundation, the American PhilosophicalSociety,and the Peabody Museum. Preliminary analysis of the excavated remains was begun by Norweb (1964),but the final studywasleft unfinished. In 1973, at the conclusion of a field project in neighbouring Honduras, the author briefly surveyed Pacific Nicaragua and, upon return to Cambridge, expressed an interest in Nicaraguan archaeology. Professor Willey kindlymade availableall museum notes and the mountainous Rivas ceramic collections acquired during the Peabody Museum-Nicaragua Project for a detailed study to be prepared and presented to the Department of Anthropology in partial fulfillment of a doctoral degree requirement (Healy 1974b). This revised report isa presentation of the culture history of southwest Nicaragua, particularly the Rivasregion, as principally revealed in the analysisof ceramics from the 1959-1961 survey of some seven sites. This work, begun so long ago, could not have been undertaken without the assistance and co-operation of many interested individuals—American, Canadian, and Nicaraguan alike. Due to the peculiar course of events and the long postponement of the final statement, the litany of patient scholars , individuals, foundations, and institutions which have contributed beneficial elements to this analysis is unusually long. In Nicaragua, Willey and Norweb were greatly assisted by Col. Laszlo Pataky.The Coronel, with a genuine concern for the growth of Nicaraguan archaeology, was most helpful in the procurement of necessary archaeological permits and in providing useful advice and counsel. On a number of occasions he served as liaison for various government meetings, and periodically accompanied the field excursions . In 1973, the author, whilevisiting Managua, again called on Col. XXV Archaeology of the Rivas Region,Nicaragua Pataky and found his interest and enthusiasm in archaeology undaunted despite the recent tragic, natural disaster alltoo visiblein the capital area. Ing. Sven Speyer, also of Managua, was most co-operative in making arrangements for site surveysin 1959. Speyer, like Pataky,was very interested in professionalizing Nicaraguan archaeology. In the first season of work he accompanied Willey and Norweb to Rivas, Matagalpa, and Zapatera, frequently loaned vehicles, and provided useful, helpful contacts. The late Dr. Rene Schick Gutierrez, then Minister of Education, and later President of the Republic, arranged for the archaeological permit for both seasons, and later was of great help in acquiring permission to have the collections exported to the Peabody Museum for comparative study. Others in the Republic who were most helpful and deserving of our belated recognition were Sr. Pablo Antonio Cuadra of Managua, editor of La Prensa,and Srta. Crisanta Chavez,then acting director of the Museo Nacional. The latter placed the limited facilities of the museum at the complete disposal of the expedition, whilethe former was largely responsible for attracting Willey to Nicaragua for fieldwork . American friends in Nicaragua who proved most courteous and provided helpful suggestions for the project's development were the then United States Ambassador to Nicaragua, Mr. Thomas E. Whelan, and the embassy's Cultural Attache, Mr. Stuart Ayres.Transportation of the sherd and artifact collections from Nicaragua to the United States was provided by the United Fruit Company. There were a large number of sites surveyed and excavated during the two years of work, some of which are not included here (i.e., Managua and Granada sites). It is a pleasure to acknowledge the landowners of Rivas who kindly gave permission to conduct excavations on their property: Sr. Estanislao Cruz (J-RI-7), Sra. Carmen Sacasa de Schettel (J-RI-4 and J-RI-6), Sr. Jose-Manuel Espinoza (J-RI-3), and Mr. T. Reagan of the Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Mission (also J-RI-3). Professional assistance is always a prerequisite in undertaking a detailed study within a specialized field such as archaeological ceramics. In my own case this was particularly true because of rather limited personal experience in dealing with aboriginal pottery. My graduate advisor, Dr. Willey, has, of course, been instrumental in nearly every step of the Nicaraguan project. He was, however, especially helpful in providing research support throughout the study, and in guiding me through various and sundry complications and difficulties in handling vast quantities of pottery through the Type-Variety system in which...

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ISBN
9780889207844
Related ISBN
9781554584840
MARC Record
OCLC
243569752
Pages
412
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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