Scientific research in Ecuador has a character of limitation, but also therein lies exciting opportunity. Archaeology is no exception. There are an estimated six thousand historical agrarian societies in the country.
One such important archaeological area, where I spent a couple years of life, is around Tena, Napo Province, Ecuador. While certainly not an archaeologist, I did stumble across many important archaeological sites in this area.
Relics, or rock art-petroglyphs-are abundant in the Tena area. In fact, this rock art seems to follow a path on the East, Oriente side of the Andes mountains.
Since 2000, the Technical and Private University of Loja (UTPL) through the Centre for Art and Design has been interested in sponsoring the research of rock art existing in in Ecuador, by means of the creation of Project “Petroglyphs” The Group aims to document scientifically sites, manage their protection, and educate communities in the significant archaeological importance of petroglyphs.
A summary of the archaeology of Ecuador is not complete without a comment regarding the strange and fascinating tale of Carlos Crespi Croci.
Carlos was a Salesian monk in Ecuador. Before his death in 1982, he housed and protected the "Crespi Collection", various artifacts collected by local Indians from South & Central America. It was said they were discovered and retrieved from subterranean tunnels under the jungles.
Of special note are tablets of gold, with interesting carvings. See the interview here:
Sadly, Crespi's church burned to the ground. Nonetheless, many questions remain regarding this fascinating area of the world.