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Archaeology, Ethnology & Anthropology
of Eurasia

43 (3) 2015




“Tropical Package”: Peculiarities of the Lithic Industries of the Most Ancient Cultures, Coastal Ecuador, Pacifi c Basin

A.V. Tabarev and Y. Kanomata.

The article is devoted to the lithic industries of the most ancient cultures on the Pacifi c coast of Ecuador – preceramic Las Vegas culture (10,840–6600 BP) and early pottery culture (5500–3500 BP). The original model of the “Tropical package” for the transitional period from hunter-gatherers to early agriculturalists is proposed on the basis of techno-typological and use-wear analysis.

Keywords: Ecuador, Las Vegas culture, Valdivia culture, lithic industry, technology, use-wear analysis.