The Presence of Camelids in Southern Ecuador: Archaeological Evidence of Textile Industry on the Pachamama Plateau
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Miguel Ángel Novillo Verdugo • español
Abstract. The Pachamama Plateau (Azuay, Ecuador) is an area of great archaeological interest, as it contains evidence regarding the specific activities of pre-Hispanic cultures in the region. This article is an initial approach to the characterization of textile-making activity in the area based on artifacts such as spindle whorls, camelid mandibles, and corrals, in order to provide new historical knowledge about southern Ecuador. The study area is a favorable environment for the development of flora and fauna, as it contains permanent water resources across the extent of plateau. This environmental scenario was similar during periods of past occupations of the Pachamama Plateau, where terraces and roads were built to connect different areas, constituting a road network.
Keywords: Pachamama, Camelids, Textiles, Ecuadorian archaeology.
Novillo Verdugo, M. A. 2016. La presencia de camélidos en el austro ecuatoriano: evidencia arqueológica de textilería en la meseta de Pachamama. Arqueología Iberoamericana 31: 27-31.
Publication date: September 6, 2016.
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