The Muisca were raised field farmers who built stone monuments. Important cities to the Muisca included Bogotá, Tunja, Candelaria La Nueva, and Mosquera. Recent investigations have been conducted at the site of Suta, in the Leyva valley, as by Henderson and Ostler.
Today the Muisca, like the related culture the Quimbaya, are best known for their fabulous gold work, as seen in the photograph from el Museo del Oro in Bogotá.
SourceHenderson, Hope and Nicholas Ostler 2005 Muisca settlement organization and chiefly authority at Suta, Valle de Leyva, Colombia: A critical appraisal of native concepts of house for studies of complex societies. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 24(2):148-178.
This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology.