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Rethinking Deodoro Roca Rockshelter (Ongamira, Córdoba, Argentina). Seventy years of archaeological ideas

Author(s): ANDRES DARIO IZETA ; Roxana Cattaneo

Year: 2015

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The hunter-gatherer archaeology of the Ongamira Valley has been a landmark in the archaeology of Argentina’s Central Region. The cultural sequence built in the 1950s is still used by many archaeologists to interpret regional peopling, subsistence, land use and mobility. However we believe it is time to review the use of rockshelter-generated data under a new approach that embraces landscape archaeology. Stable isotope-based paleo-environmental reconstructions create a baseline and permit insights into the role of rockshelters through time. Surveys looking for new sites, outcrops and lithic quarries, in addition to the study of the intervisibility between them are integrated into rockshelter data to improve understanding of the social use of space, peopling and mobility. The interconnection of data constructed through the analysis of technology and the acquisition and use of faunal and botanical resources leads to new ideas about social strategies and networks. We discuss how these theoretical changes were made and relate them to Argentinian archaeology.

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Rethinking Deodoro Roca Rockshelter (Ongamira, Córdoba, Argentina). Seventy years of archaeological ideas. ANDRES DARIO IZETA, Roxana Cattaneo. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396022)


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min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America