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Analysis of animal bones in Panquilma and their relation with domestic and ritual spaces

Author(s): Mary Claudia Avila Peltroche ; Ali Altamirano-Sierra ; Bryan Nuñez Aparcana

Year: 2016

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During Late periods, the use of domestic animals as camelids and guinea pigs were part of a fiscalized economic system which allowed a better management of faunal resource for consumption. These animal species also had a symbolic meaning in the Andean cosmovision that led them to be used in ritual spaces, along with another animals as canids, amphibians, deers, birds and felines. In this study we showed the results of the analysis made on the bone assemblage recovered from the site of Panquilma. We recorded the principal modifications, whether they are cultural as cut marks and termic alterations, or natural as taphonomic processes. After being evaluated and discussed, these characteristics showed a tentative pattern of animal utilization, where the camelids and guinea pigs appear as well as domestic and ritual spaces, while canids and amphibians are exclusively related to ritual and symbolic spaces.

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Analysis of animal bones in Panquilma and their relation with domestic and ritual spaces. Mary Claudia Avila Peltroche, Ali Altamirano-Sierra, Bryan Nuñez Aparcana. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404443)


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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