Guaporé River: Shell mounds, earthworks and the explanation of the archaeological record


Localized in the Amazon Southwest, the Guaporé River defines the border between Brazil and Bolívia, being a significant route of movement of goods, values and ideas since ancient times. This is attested by the occurrence of diferent archaeological sites (shell monds, geogliphs, ceramics associated to terra preta, rock art) that occurs since 8,000 BP to colonial times, historical evidence from colonial documents, linguistic and ethnological information, and hypotheses raised by anthropology. In this research we intend to demonstrate the value of this information and begin the development of the hypothesis that in the área we can find elements that evidence an ancient relationship between different actors, including adjacent regions, which help explain the archaeological variability that today are found.

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Guaporé River: Shell mounds, earthworks and the explanation of the archaeological record. Carlos Zimpel, Francisco Pugliese, Thiago Hermenegildo, Gabriela Carneiro, Myrtle Shock. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398428)

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Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

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