La Plata Chiefdoms, volume 4 cover
Memoirs in Latin American Archaeology, No. 11
University of Pittsburgh Latin American Archaeology Publications and Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá)
2001. 127 pp. ISBN: 1-877812-53-6

Prehispanic Chiefdoms in the Valle de La Plata, Volume 4: Vertical Economy, Interchange, and Social Change during the Formative Period

Cacicazgos Prehispánicos del Valle de la Plata, tomo 4: Economía vertical, intercambio, y cambio social durante el período Formativo

by / por Dale W. Quattrin

The fourth of five volumes reporting on the Proyecto Arqueológico Valle de la Plata's long-term archaeological investigation of the development of chiefdoms in Colombia's Alto Magdalena, home to the San Agustín culture. This volume reports on household archaeology of the Formative period. The particular emphasis is on the possibility of economic specialization in the form of "micro-verticality." Appealing as the potential for such an economic system may be, this study concludes that the archaeological evidence does not support such a reconstruction. Full detailed dataset is provided electronically. Complete text in English and Spanish.

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