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Pre-Columbian Central America, Colombia, and Ecuador

Pre-Columbian Central America, Colombia, and Ecuador

Toward an Integrated Approach

Edited by Colin McEwan and John W. Hoopes

ISBN 9780884024705

Publication date: 12/14/2021

Archaeologists, art historians, ethnohistorians, and ethnographers have long been captivated by the expressive material culture of the prehispanic indigenous peoples in the lands between Mesoamerica and the Andes. Interconnected communities of practice that were active from central Honduras in the north to coastal Ecuador in the south, with networks of interaction that included the Antilles and Amazonia, made this area essential for understanding long-term culture change.

Pre-Columbian Central America, Colombia, and Ecuador: Toward an Integrated Approach presents twenty chapters on current research in this central area of Latin America. Over two dozen specialists have contributed to this lavishly illustrated book, on topics ranging from historical and theoretical perspectives to analytical studies, reports on recent excavations, and evaluations of material such as ceramics, stone sculpture, gold artifacts, and ceremonial seats from various contexts in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador. Edited by Colin McEwan and John W. Hoopes, this book is an essential addition to the library of any scholar fascinated by the diverse indigenous peoples of the Americas.


  • Colin McEwan (1951–2020) was Director of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC.
  • John W. Hoopes is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kansas.

Book Details

  • 512 pages
  • 8-1/2 x 11 inches
  • Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection