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Cultural Boundaries and Crossings: Ecuador and Peru

  • Jean Guffroy

The area that is bounded by the 2nd and 6th degrees of latitude South—basically Guayaquil- Cuenca in Ecuador to Lambayeque-Bagua in Peru (Figure 44.1)—has traditionally been seen as an environmentally unattractive buffer zone, which formed an anthropogeographic barrier and projected Ecuador (the North Andes) and Peru (the Central Andes) into different trajectories of socio-cultural development (Burger 1984). However, surveys conducted over the last thirty years on both sides of the modern Ecuadorian-Peruvian border now allow scholars to reconstruct a more complex situation, in which there were significant interactions among many regional cultures living in numerous environments. This paper presents an interpretation of this region in terms of cultural boundaries and cultural crossings.

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Radiocarbon Date Eastern Slope Cultural Boundary Projectile Point Formative Society 
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  • Jean Guffroy
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  1. 1.Centre IRD/ Institut de Recherche pour le DéveloppementFrance

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