Reevaluating an Offering Cache from Isla La Plata, Ecuador

Author(s): Colin McEwan; Richard Lunniss

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Coastal Connections: Pacific Coastal Links from Mexico to Ecuador" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

From the Middle Formative onwards, La Plata Island was gradually incorporated into developing local and regional networks of exchange along the Pacific littoral of Ecuador. The island also became the focus of increasing ritual activity evidenced in the material remains of offerings made on the coastal bluffs and at the principal landing point at Drake's Bay. Here a multi-component deposit at Site OM-LP-PL 14 is comprised of successive deposits of worked stone plaques, ceramic figurines, marine shell and other exotic materials. Using comparative data from Salango and other sites, this paper undertakes a re-evaluation of the chronology and content of the offering sequence and its changing relationship to the cultures of the adjacent continental mainland.

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Reevaluating an Offering Cache from Isla La Plata, Ecuador. Colin McEwan, Richard Lunniss. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450545)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -92.153; min lat: -4.303 ; max long: -50.977; max lat: 18.313 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 24863