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The Sequence of Late Formative Ceremonial Structures at Salango, Coastal Ecuador

A Reconstruction and Interpretation

Richard Lunniss
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English, with chapter summaries in Spanish
108 pages
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The Late Formative site of Salango, on the central coast of Ecuador, functioned as a sacred centre of increasing influence from 600 BC to 100 BC. This period saw eight main episodes of construction and use of an elaborate sequence of Middle and Late Engoroy phase ceremonial floors, houses, and platforms. Complementing the author's previous work 'Cultural Identity, Transition, and Interaction at Salango, Coastal Ecuador' (BAR S3109, 2022), this book presents previously unpublished data concerning the front halves of those structures, reconstructs the complete structure design for each episode, and offers an interpretation of the overall sequence. As well as details of the architecture, descriptions are given of human burials, artefact offerings including anthropomorphic figurine depositions, and other associated features. Readers familiar with earlier treatments of the site will now be able both to see how the original field data were used to make the reconstructions, and to appreciate more fully the complexity and richness of this unique and important site.

Richard Lunniss holds a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Since 1982 he has been closely involved in the study of Salango, on the central coast of Ecuador. He is currently a Research Professor at the Universidad Técnica de Manabí, Portoviejo and a Research Archaeologist for Ecuador’s Instituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural.

‘The new artefactual evidence presented provides novel data about the material culture that was associated with this unique sequence of structures. Salango and its past inhabitants are lucky to have Lunniss as a passionate and tireless voice to represent them in the present.’ Professor Eric Dyrdahl, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

Introduction (S3117_Lunniss_9781407359953_-_introduction.pdf, 600 Kb) [Download]

Table of Contents (S3117_Lunniss_9781407359953__-_toc.pdf, 245 Kb) [Download]