Insights into the earliest formative period of coastal Ecuador: New evidence and radiocarbon dates from the real Alto site

Andrey V. Tabarev, Yoshitaka Kanomata, Jorge G. Marcos, Alexander N. Popov, Boris V. Lazin

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    4 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    One of the most intriguing questions of South American archaeology is the time, place, and origin of the earliest pottery. Since the late 1950s, the earliest pottery has been attributed to the materials of the Early Formative Valdivia culture (5600-3500 BP), coastal Ecuador. Excavations at the Real Alto site conducted in the 1970s and 1980s allowed the rejection of the spectacular “Jomon-Valdivia” hypothesis and established a local origin of the phenomenon. Recent radiocarbon dates from a joint Russian-Japanese-Ecuadorian project at Real Alto open a new page in our knowledge of the transition from pre-ceramic Las Vegas to ceramic Valdivia cultures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)323-330
    Number of pages8
    JournalRadiocarbon
    Volume58
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

    Keywords

    • Early valdivia
    • Ecuador
    • Formative period
    • Real alto

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Archaeology
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Insights into the earliest formative period of coastal Ecuador: New evidence and radiocarbon dates from the real Alto site'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this