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Machalilla Settlement Dataset
Alexander J. Martín

This dataset complements the dissertation The Domestic Mode of Production and the Development of Sociopolitical Complexity: Evidence from the Spondylus Industry of Costal Ecuador (available from University of Pittsburgh's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Database). It provides detailed data on the quantities and location of archaeological remains collected during a 100² km survey of Machalilla National Park, Ecuador.

The dissertation's Table of Contents is as follows:

Additional relevant publications:

Martín, Alexander J. and Mauricio Murillo Herrera (2014) Networks of Interaction and Functional Interdependence in Societies across the Intermediate Area. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 36:60-71.
Martín, Alexander J. (2010) The Domestic Economy and Its Implications for Social Complexity: Spondylus Craft Production in Coastal Ecuador. Research in Economic Anthropology 30:111-155.
Martín, Alexander J. (2010) Trade and Social Complexity in Coastal Ecuador from Formative Times to European Contact. Journal of Field Archaeology 35:40-57.
Martín, Alexander J. (2010) Comparing the Role of the Export Sector in Prehistoric Economies: The Importance of Shell Manufacture to the Livelihood of Coastal Ecuadorian Populations. In Comparative Perspectives on the Archaeology of Coastal South America. R.E. Cutright, E. López-Hurtado, and A. Martín, eds. Pp. 77-100. Available from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Comparative Archaeology.
Martín, Alexander J., and Catherine Lara (2009) La Trayectoria del Desarrollo Social Precolombino en el Sur de Manabí. Antropología: Cuadernos de Investigación de la Universidad Católica del Ecuador 8:121-147. (Download PDF [645 Kb])

Funding to collect the data presented here was provided by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (Award No. BCS-0638456).

Martín, Alexander J. (2009a) The Domestic Mode of Production and the Development of Sociopolitical Complexity: Evidence from the Spondylus Industry of Coastal Ecuador. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.
Martín, Alexander J. (2009b) Machalilla 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.





THE DATASET
Designed by Alexander J. Martín


Numeric Data

These data files are organized in the form of ASCII text files that can be read directly or easily imported to an application program such as a database manager or statistics package. There are also spreadsheet files in Excel format.

Demographic Projections:  Area/Density Index for each lot and the extrapolation of absolute population numbers. Ceramic Inventory Data:  Ceramic counts by type for each collection lot in the Machalilla National Park Survey.
Shell Inventory Data:  Shell counts by species for each collection lot in the Machalilla National Park Survey. Lithic Inventory Data:  Lithic counts by type for each collection lot in the Machalilla National Park Survey.

Spatial Information

In addition, there is spatial information in the form of maps provided as AutoCAD DXF files. The coordinate system for all spatial data is UTM Zone 17 M (units are Kilometers) based on the WGS84 datum.

Spatial Information:  Map with the location of each collection lot in the Machalilla National Park Survey. Formative Period occupation map.
Regional Development occupation map. Integration Period occupation map.
Location of all surface structures recognized during survey.


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