Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh

Llanos of Casanare Settlement Dataset
Juan Carlos Vargas Ruiz

This dataset complements the dissertation Complex Societies, Leadership Strategies and Agricultural Intensification in the Llanos of Casanaro, Columbia by Juan Carlos Vargas Ruiz (which can be freely downloaded from the University of Pittsburgh's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Database). It provides detailed regional survey data collected in the Casanare region at the foothills of the Colombian Andes. The data are discussed in full in the dissertation, whose contents are as follows:

Funding for this research was provided by the National Science Foundation (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement grant no. BCS-1446148), and in Colombia by the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia (ICANH), which also provided financial support. The Fundación de Investigaciones Arqueológicas Nacionales supported the radiocarbon analyses carried out during the research.

Vargas Ruiz, Juan Carlos (2017) Complex Societies, Leadership Strategies and Agricultural Intensification in the Llanos of Casanare, Colombia. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.
Vargas Ruiz, Juan Carlos (2021) Llanos of Casanare Settlement Dataset. Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh. URL: <>.

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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.

Study Area Borders

Banco Map

Hydrology Map

Early Catanga Period Map

Middle Catanga Period Map

Late Catanga Period 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


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