Fiestas and funerals? Possible uses of a rectangular platform mound in Yumbo territory


In 2010 the Palmitopamba Archaeology Project in northwestern Pichincha province, Ecuador, was expanded to include excavations in a rectangular platform mound (Tola Rivadeneira, NL-30) 2 km north of the monumental Yumbo and Inca site of Palmitopamba. Earthen mounds (tolas) widely distributed throughout the region, constituted a significant element in the construction of the Yumbo landscape. While recent agricultural work removed the latest occupation of the mound, excavations reveal a history of overlapping occupations that included possible feasting and mortuary functions. The entire mound was built over a Formative Period site that predated the eruption of Pululagua Volcano. Work at the site will continue, but preliminary research so far adds much to our understanding of Yumbo culture.

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Fiestas and funerals? Possible uses of a rectangular platform mound in Yumbo territory. Ronald Lippi, Alejandra Gudino, Estanislao Pazmino. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396895)


Ecuador Mounds

Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;