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Quijos Settlement Dataset
Andrea M. Cuéllar



The Quijos Settlement Dataset complements the book The Quijos Chiefdoms: Social Change and Agriculture in the Eastern Andes of Ecuador by Andrea María Cuéllar (available from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Comparative Archaeology). It consists of the detailed data from the regional survey and test excavations carried out in the Quijos region in the Andes of northern Ecuador and discussed in full in the printed volume, whose contents are as follows:

Funding to collect the data presented here was provided by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (Award No. BCS-138138) and a Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (Award No. GR-6867).

Cuéllar, Andrea María (2010a) The Quijos Chiefdoms: Social Change and Agriculture in the Eastern Andes of Ecuador. University of Pittsburgh Memoirs in Latin American Archaeology, No. 20.
Cuéllar, Andrea María (2010b) Quijos Settlement Dataset. Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh. URL: <http://www.cadb.pitt.edu>.

The Quijos Valley Chipped Stone Assemblage by Charles F. L. Knight (described in more detail below) may be credited as follows:

Knight, Charles F. L. (2010) The Quijos Valley Chipped Stone Assemblage. In Quijos Settlement Dataset. Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh. URL: <http://www.cadb.pitt.edu>.

Questions or comments about this dataset or the Comparative Archaeology Database can be directed to cadb@pitt.edu via email.





CONTENTS OF THE DATASET

This dataset contains three kinds of things: (1) a detailed discusion of ceramic and lithic materials; (2) numeric data from individual collection lots in the survey and test pits, along with other ancillary datasets; and (3) a set of maps providing locations of individual collection lots, distributions of settlement in different periods, and environmental variables.


Detailed Discussion

Ceramic Chronology and Stratigraphic Testing

by Andrea María Cuéllar

The location, stratigraphy, and proportions of ceramic materials within test pits (excavated to reconstruct the ceramic chronology and collect botanical samples). Discusion of ceramic types, absolute dates, and establishment of chronology.

The Quijos Valley Chipped Stone Assemblage

by Charles L. F. Knight

Analysis of lithic artifacts from stratigraphic test pits and regional survey, including spatial distributions and consideration of obsidian sources.



Numeric Data

Numeric data are provided in two file formats. Comma-delimited text files should be easy to import into spreadsheet, database, and statistical programs for manipulation and analysis. Excel spreadsheets are easier to browse, and can also be imported into many programs. The numeric data files are as follows:

Listing of survey lots with information about collection technique, vegetation, ceramics recovered, etc. A listing of the ceramic counts (by type) recovered from both the 2x1 and 1x1 m excavation units
Information about the 1x1 m tests excavated in and around occupation zones. Phytolith data from the 1x1 m test excavations.
Macrobotanical data from the 1x1 m test excavations. Pollen data from the 1x1 m test excavations.
Data on obsidian artifacts from the survey. Data on obsidian artifacts from the test excavations.

Maps

Maps are included as AutoCAD (Release 12) .DXF files which can be read by many CAD and GIS programs.

The maps include the following:

Complete details of individual survey lot locations. Map of Early 1 period occupation.
Map of Early 2 period occupation. Map of Late period occupation.
Map of the three subregions into which the Quijos region was divided for analysis. Map of the grid squares used for the Quijos region analysis.
Topographic map of the Quijos region. Map of vegetation zones in the Quijos region.
Geological map of the Quijos region. Map of soils in the Quijos region.
Locations of excavations in the Quijos region.



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