Settlement Patterns Study in the Lake San Pablo Area, Northern Highland Ecuador: Preliminary Results


The project "Cultural and Technological Principles Associated with Occupation Modalities during the Integration Period: Value and Use in Present Day Ecuador", carried out by the INPC (National Institute of Cultural Heritage of Ecuador) and funded by SENESCYT (Ecuador’s Department of Science and Technology) has researched five areas of the country, including in the Otavalo Canton. This paper presents the preliminary results of a survey, conducted with the collaboration of community members, from three parishes next to Lake San Pablo. We report on earthen mounds, raised fields, and areas of dispersion of cultural materials in a 30 square kilometer area. Mounds close to the raised fields in the low-lying areas near the lake may represent chiefly control of these agricultural works, while habitation sites of the regular population seem to have been mostly located on the slopes around the lake. Complementing information from the archaeological survey will be data gathered by historians, geographers, and cultural anthropologists (among other professionals) in this multidisciplinary project.

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Settlement Patterns Study in the Lake San Pablo Area, Northern Highland Ecuador: Preliminary Results. Maria-Auxiliadora Cordero, Esteban Acosta, Paulina Rosero. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396902)


Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

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