Cobble Circles and Standing Stones: Archaeology at the Rivas by Jeffrey Quilter

By Jeffrey Quilter

Writing within the first individual with a stability among casual language and educational idea, Quilter concludes that Rivas was once a ceremonial middle for mortuary rituals to bury mainly elite at the Panteón. by utilizing his narrative procedure, he offers the reader with money owed of discoveries as they happened in fieldwork and the improvement of interpretations to provide an explanation for the traditional refuse and cobble structure his staff exposed. As his tale progresses amid the appeal of the Costa Rican panorama, study plans are adjusted and occasionally thoroughly overturned as new discoveries, frequently serendipitous ones, are made. Such altering conditions bring about new insights into the increase and fall of the folks who equipped the cobble circles and raised the status stones at Rivas one thousand years in the past.

during this vigorous story of archaeological experience within the tropical wooded area, Jeffrey Quilter tells the tale of his excavation of Rivas, a superb ceremonial heart on the foot of the Talamanca Mountain variety, which flourished among a.d. 900 and 1300, and its fabled gold-filled cemetery, the Panteón de l. a. Reina. starting with the 1992 box season and finishing with the final excavations in 1998, Quilter discusses Rivas’s developers and clients, theories on chiefdom societies, and the day-by-day interactions and surprises of contemporary archaeological fieldwork.

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While we were working in Operation A, the coffee plants bloomed. Although workers were still picking coffee elsewhere in the region, the local fields had been picked early and were flowering again. The shimmering, dark green of the coffee plants was now dotted with white blossoms. The perfume was rich, with a scent resembling vanilla but deeper, like roses. The scent would roll in waves in a slight breeze, and it was wonderful. Later, as the blossoms dropped, a surreal appearance of snow drifts could be seen in patches underneath the tropical sun and sky.

Back home in Wisconsin, my poor wife and kids were suffering through one of the worst winters on record, with snow piling up by the inch. Here, under the hot tropical sun, the breezes blew the coffee blossom petals in swirls around our feet. Continuing Work in Operation A The three structures we found appeared to have been part of a complex, perhaps representing the compound of an extended family in which the head of the household lived in Structure 1. Structures 2 and 3 might have been occupied by the families of two adult children of the senior family in Structure 1.

In many societies in which houses have earthen floors, there is an accretion of floor layers throughout time. This occurs when new earth is brought into a dwelling and tamped down or otherwise sealed over the old floor. 1. Excavations in Operation A, 1992. Map by R. J. Frost and J. Quilter. 2. Excavations in Operation A. View of Structure I from Grid NE looking in the direction of Grid SW. have been to clean floors by sweeping out accumulated rubbish and the layer of soil in which it was embedded. If so, over time, the floor levels of houses might have sunk below the ground surface outside.

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