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date: 15 October 2019

La Cabañalocked

  • Joan K. Lingen


Site of Pre-Columbian culture in Costa Rica, in the Línea Vieja sub-region of the Atlantic watershed of the eastern lowlands, 10 km west of Las Mercedes on the south-west bank of the Guacimo River. Archaeological remains indicate a multi-component site, but the most important occupation was the final phase, from 1000 to c. 1500, when it apparently served as a ceremonial centre and living site. It was apparently a smaller version of several similar sites investigated elsewhere in the region, such as Guayabo de Turrialba, Las Mercedes, Costa Rica Farm, and Anita Grande. Two radiocarbon dates, ad 1220±60 and ad 1360±60 place La Cabaña within the same time frame as these and other nearby sites. It is also the type site for the La Cabaña ceramic complex of the Atlantic Watershed Late period ( 1000–c. 1500). The local and regional ceramics of this phase were undoubtedly related to those of an earlier period, in which modelling, appliqué techniques, incising, resist-decorating, and fine-line painting predominated. As well as common cylindrical- and annular-based bowls and jars, at La Cabaña there were ollas and long-legged ...

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