This site, a large settlement approximately 37 ha in area, is located in the northern section of the present-day city of Quito, capital of Ecuador. The site has been studied as part of a salvage excavations undertaken in response to new residential construction that have impacted the archaeological record (Molestina 2008). Dating of the site indicates it was occupied between about 1400 and 700 B.P. (A.D. 600 to 1300). As part of this salvage work, Rodrigo Erazo Rodríguez (2011) excavated two oval-shaped oven pits that had been filled with domestic refuse--perhaps from nearby houses. In one of these pits, carbonized plant material was recovered, including maize kernels and cobs as well as beans (Phaseolus vulgaris).

ID Other ID Type Subtype Uncal BP (years) ± 1 σ (years) Median cal BP (years) Lower cal BP (years) Upper cal BP (years) δ13C Contaminated?
AA-84941 MacroSample cob 962 35 838 918 748 No

Attached Files

Example of carbonized maize kernel from Rumipamba (Z3B3-92, S2V1 Cateo 04, 2.08).

References Cited

Erazo Rodríguez, Rodrigo
    2011    Fechas Calibradas de Maíz y Fréjol, Período de Integración, Yacimiento Arqueológico Rumipamba – Quito.

Molestina, María del Carmen
    2008    Informe Arqueológico Rumipamba. Banco Central, Quito.