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Social Differentiation and Hierarchy at a Central Place in the Eastern Andes of Ecuador

Author(s): Andrea Cuellar

Year: 2017

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This paper focuses on the development of a central place in the Quijos Valley, Eastern Andes of Ecuador. Based on an intensive survey of the site complemented by small excavations, I offer a spatial, demographic, social and economic characterization of this central place with the goal of discussing and contrasting views on the development of social differentiation, hierarchy, and centralized political authority in ancient chiefdoms. Contextualizing this in a body of regional settlement pattern information available for the Quijos Valley also permits the comparison of conclusions drawn from data corresponding to different scales of analysis for this case as well as for others in Northern South America.


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Social Differentiation and Hierarchy at a Central Place in the Eastern Andes of Ecuador. Andrea Cuellar. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431349)


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South America


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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): 16482

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America