Yumbos and the construction of their cultural landscape

Author(s): Jorge Flores

Year: 2017


Archaeology as an academic practice in the northern Ecuadorian Andes has concentrated on a constant exploration of hypothesis about the past with the intention to acquire better and more accurate understanding about the origins and development of complex societies. Since the 1970’s, scholars have produced valuable outcomes directed to those goals analyzing evidences concerning to the dynamism of Prehispanic societies in terms of regional distribution, social relations, environmental constrains, ideology, and political organization. The presence of nucleated and disperse patterns of mounds have fostered diverse debates about their origin, function, cultural affiliation, significance for social and political organization, and economic implications. However, conclusions remain obscure due to several factors, including conflicting theoretical perspectives, and the absence of complementary research projects in the region that contribute to the debate about the nature of those monumental constructions. The present research seeks to emphasize the comparative analysis of mounds distribution between the northern highlands Palmitopamba and Tulipe regions. This analysis will consider space and landscape intimately related to the formation of social relationships and the negotiation of social dynamics. The creation of this cultural landscape will be considered as a modification process that molds or influences future human actions.

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Yumbos and the construction of their cultural landscape. Jorge Flores. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430319)

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

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Abstract Id(s): 17660