Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh

Bolas Settlement Dataset
Scott Palumbo

This dataset provides information on the quantities of artifacts for each positive shovel probe and surface collection made during the 2016-17 Bolas research project in the 72km2 middle Térraba Basin region of Costa Rica.

Results from this investigation has been published in the following sources:

Berrey, C. Adam and Scott Palumbo (2021) Survey, Shovel probes, and population estimates: Studying regional demography in the Intermediate Area using subsurface sherd deposits. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 28(2).

Fieldwork in the Middle Térraba Basin was funded by a National Science Foundation Senior Archaeology Award (No. 1534599).

Palumbo, Scott (2021) Bolas Settlement Dataset. Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh. URL: <>.

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

Designed by Marcus Englehart

Spatial Data

Spatial information is provided as AutoCAD drawing exchange (.DXF) files (Release 12), which can be read by many CAD and GIS programs. All spatial data presented in this dataset were originally in WGS84-based UTM coordinates (Zone 50 north) with units in meters.

Bolas Settlement Map

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:

Ceramic Inventory

Vessel Form Information

Lithic Inventory

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