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2010.2.1

Moseley, Michael E., 1941--, Chan Chan - Moche Valley Project Papers, bulk 1969-1975: A Finding Aid

Peabody Museum Archives
Harvard University
March 2010

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard University
Call No.: 2010.2.1
Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Title: Moseley, Michael E., 1941--, Chan Chan - Moche Valley Project Papers,
Date(s): 1969-1975 (bulk)
Creator: Michael E. Moseley
Quantity: 6.6 linear feet (11 document boxes; 2 Paige boxes)
Abstract: Papers in this collection document the Chan Chan-Moche Valley Project, a survey and excavation of the ancient Chimu State capitol Chan Chan, located in the Moche Valley of Peru. The project, directed by Dr. Michael E. Moseley, took place between 1969 and 1975.

Processed by:

Katrina L. Morse; Simmons College intern; March 2010; edited by Patricia H. Kervick, Associate Archivist; March 2010.

Acquisition Information:

These papers were deposited by Michael E. Moseley from Florida State University and were accessioned in 2010.

Access Restrictions:

Restrictions on access: none

Use Restrictions:

Restrictions on use: none

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Michael E. Moseley has had a lifelong involvement with archaeology. Moseley spent his teen years volunteering and working at museums in the southwestern United States, participating in summertime digs at sites in Southern California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Moseley majored in geology for two years at the University of Redlands in California before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated in 1963 with a B.A. in anthropology and a minor in geology.
After graduation Moseley worked on his first international dig on a site run by the University of Chicago in Ambrona, Spain, before enrolling in Harvard University's doctoral program in archaeology. Moseley was forced to abandon his original doctoral dissertation on St. Augustine in Colombia when the area became too dangerous to work in after being overrun by bandits. He turned his attention instead to Peruvian fishing and marine activities and spent a year in the field working on his dissertation. Moseley received his M.A. in anthropology from Harvard in 1965 and his Ph.D. in 1968. He stayed on at Harvard as an instructor and was eventually promoted to lecturer, then assistant and associate professor. During this time he became interested in Chan Chan in the Moche Valley of Peru and alternated his semesters teaching at Harvard and working in the field as director of the Chan Chan-Moche Valley Project, conducting his own research on Chan Chan's interaction with its outlying settlements and supervising doctoral dissertations on the ancient city's human occupation. Moseley served as assistant curator at the Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology from 1969 to 1973 and as associate curator from 1973 to 1975.
In 1975 Moseley moved his home institution from the Peabody Museum to Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History and shifted his research focus to irrigation systems and agricultural change in the Moche Valley. In the mid-1970s Moseley became involved in reconnaissance on sites in the north highlands of Bolivia and was advisor to the Instituto Nacional de Arqueologia in 1976 and 1978-1979. He was a research associate at the University of Chicago from 1980 to 1984 and curator at the Field Museum from 1983 to 1984. In 1982 he shifted his area of study from northern to southern Peru and his research became focused on the role of geology and natural disasters on agriculture and societies. In 1984 Moseley became professor at the University of Florida, where he remains to this day.

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Scope and Content Note:

The Michael Moseley Chan Chan-Moche Valley Project Papers document the Chan Chan-Moche Valley Project, a survey and excavation of the ancient Chimu State capitol Chan Chan, located in the Moche Valley of Peru. The project, directed by Dr. Michael E. Moseley, took place between 1969 and 1975. Materials found in the collection include field journals, weekly reports, final reports, and research papers; radiocarbon dating lab results; specimen and photograph indices; unit and feature forms; project permits, receipts, and equipment lists; terrain maps and aerial photographs of the project area; hand-drawn site maps, maker's marks, and structural illustrations; correspondence between Moseley and various parties, including federal organizations and colleagues of Moseley; and articles from the periodicals Science and Scientific American. Papers are mostly in English with a small amount in Spanish. Spanish materials are noted in the folder list. Materials were kept in original order.

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