A regional tradition occupying the central coast of Ecuador in the period c.500 bc to ad 500. Characterized by large stone‐lined terraced platform mounds at ceremonial centres. At Manta (Ecuador), one such mound is said to have been 175 m by 50 m. Pottery styles include everted rim wares, perforated rim wares, and polypod vessels. Elaborate anthropomorphic figurines are known, some stylized and grotesque, others naturalistic. Ceramic models of houses are also found.