Reports

Possible Transpacific Contact on the Coast of Ecuador

Science  02 Feb 1962:
Vol. 135, Issue 3501, pp. 371-372
DOI: 10.1126/science.135.3501.371

Abstract

The earliest pottery-producing culture on the coast of Ecuador, the Valdivia culture, shows many striking similarities in decoration and vessel shape to pottery of eastern Asia. In Japan, resemblances are closest to the Middle Jomon period. Both early Valdivia and Middle Jomon are dated between 2000 and 3000 B.C. A transpacific contact from Asia to Ecuador during this time is postulated.