Ruins of Quilmes

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Ruins of Quilmes

The Ruins of Quilmes is an archaeological site in the Calchaquí Valleys, Tucumán Province, Argentina. The site was the largest pre-Columbian settlement in the country,[1] occupying about 30 hectares.[2] The area dates back to ca 850 AD and was inhabited by the Quilmes people;[3] it is believed that about 5,000 people lived here during its heights.[2]

Although discovered in 1888 by Samuel Alejandro Lafone Quevedo,[4] the ruins were first studied in 1897 by the archaeologist Juan Bautista Ambrosetti.[5]


  1. ^ Elsinger, Rubén (10 March 2008). "Las ruinas de los Quilmes, tomadas en Tucumán por los indígenas de la región". Clarín (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Reymúndez, Carolina (25 June 2006). "Lo que quedó de los antiguos quilmes". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Link, Theodore; McCarthy, Rose (2004). Argentina: a primary source cultural guide. The Rosen Publishing Group. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-8239-3997-8. 
  4. ^ Sosa, Jorge (2007), "Ruinas" de Quilmes, historia de un desproposito (PDF) (in Spanish), p. 7, retrieved 31 August 2011 
  5. ^ Tamagnini, Marcela (2006). Problemáticas de la arqueología contemporánea, Volume 1 (in Spanish). Univ Nacional de Río Cuarto. p. 316. ISBN 978-950-665-404-7. 

Coordinates: 26°27′50″S 66°02′17″W / 26.4638116°S 66.0379601°W / -26.4638116; -66.0379601