Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh

Masaya Regional Settlement Dataset
Manuel Román-Lacayo

This dataset complements the dissertation Social and Environmental Risk and the Development of Social Complexity in Precolumbian Masaya, Nicaragua by Manuel Román-Lacayo (which can be freely downloaded from the University of Pittsburgh's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Database). It provides detailed data on survey materials gathered at the Masaya Region, Nicaragua. The data are discussed in full in the dissertation, 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-023425).

Román-Lacayo, Manuel. (2013) Social and Environmental Risk and the Development of Social Complexity in Precolumbian Masaya, Nicaragua. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.
Román-Lacayo, Manuel. (2014) Masaya Regional Settlement Dataset. Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh. URL: <>.

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Designed by Alexander J. Martín

Spatial Information

Spatial information is provided as AutoCAD (Release 12) .DXF files which can be read by many CAD and GIS programs. The coordinate system for all spatial data is UTM Zone 16 P (units are meters) based on the WGS84 datum.

Collection lots: Location, extents, and identification number for each artifact collection lot within the study region. Survey limits: Boundaries of the study area.
Topographic map: Map of elevation contour lines. Hydrology map: Location of rivers, lagoons, and major bodies of water within the study area.

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: Breakdown of ceramics by period and associated sherd densities for each surface collection. Lithic inventory: Breakdown of lithic artifacts by type for each collection.

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