View of Caballete looking northwest.

The Caballete Archaeological Research Project (CARP) is dedicated to exploring the emergence of complex societies along the north central coast of Peru. During the Late Archaic Period (3000-1800 B.C.), the region witnessed dramatic cultural transformations including the construction of monumental ceremonial architecture. This scientific investigation is focused on the Late Archaic site of Caballete in the Fortaleza Valley.

Caballete is a located approximately 8 km from the Pacific coast. The site consists of six large platform mounds roughly oriented in a U-shape. Three of the mounds are associated with sunken circular courts.

Google Earth image of Caballete above the Fortaleza River floodplain.

Over the next few years, CARP and its team members will document the ancient architecture, reconstruct what occurred at the site, and interpret the role that religion and ceremonial performance may have served in the development of early Andean civilization.

Visit this webpage to see photos from our adventures in the field and to learn about our exciting discoveries on our Results page.

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