Archaeology in Nicaragua

Textile Production

Spun fiber was used to produce clothing, and also products such as hammocks, bags, and fishing nets. Different objects required variations in material and…
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The Rise of Social Complexity

The earliest known settlements in Pacific Nicaragua date to the Tempisque period, from 500 BCE until 300 CE. Following models from adjoining regions, such…

Prehistoric Nicaragua

Nicaragua remains one of the least explored countries, archaeologically speaking, in the Americas. This is surprising because of the early interest of 19th century…

Out of México?

The Spanish chronicler Juan de Torquemada recorded a migration out of Mexico by two different ethnic groups, the Chorotega and the Nicarao. According to…
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The Grand Nicaraguan Canal

The dream of crossing Nicaragua has existed since the sixteenth century when Spanish explorers speculated over the possibility. Since then numerous schemes have been…
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Figurines

Figurines are small clay representations, usually of humans but occasionally in animal form. They have been used in Pacific Nicaragua from the earliest times,…

El Rayo: A Ceremonial Site

Road construction on the Asese Peninsula south of Granada exposed burial urns and human skeletal remains. The Peninsula and hundreds of small islands were…
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Daily life in 1000 Current Time

Archaeology is a collaboration between history and anthropology, as it reconstructs cultural sequences at the same time that it uncovers cultural practices of the…