Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh

Upper Térraba Regional Dataset
Felipe Sol C.

This dataset complements the dissertation Religious Organization and Political Structure in Pre-hispanic Southern Costa Rica by Felipe Sol C. (which can be freely downloaded from the University of Pittsburgh's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Database). It provides detailed data on archaeological remains recovered during a systematic full-coverage survey of the Upper Térraba Basin of southern Costa Rica. 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-1125540) and a Leslie Holdridge Scientific Research Grant from the Tropical Science Center.

Sol C., Felipe (2014a) Religious Organization and Political Structure in Pre-hispanic Southern Costa Rica. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.
Sol C., Felipe (2014b) Upper Térraba Regional 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 and Esri SHP files. AutoCAD drawing units are in meters. The coordinate system for all maps is the Costa Rica national mapping grid system current at the time the fieldwork was carried out: CRTM05.

Collection lots: Location, extents, and identification number for each artifact collection lot within the study region. Survey Limits
Quebradas Period occupation map. Aguas Buenas Period occupation map.
Chiriquí Period occupation map. Petroglyphs: Location of petroglyphs located within the study area.
Funerary lots: Location of lots containing evidence of funerary activity.

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:

Collection information: ID number, locational data, and volume or area for each surface collection or shovel test probe. Ceramic information by period: Breakdown of ceramic counts by period and associated sherd densities for every surface collection or shovel test probe.
Lithic inventory: Breakdown of lithic material by type for each surface collection or shovel test probe.

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