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Hunters in the Viedma Lake basin (Southern Patagonia, Argentina): differences and continuities in landscape use during the Late Holocene

Author(s): Juan Belardi ; Flavia Carballo Marina ; Gustavo Barrientos ; Patricia Campan

Year: 2016

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Summary

The Viedma lake basin -connected to the Patagonian Southern Ice Field- has been recently incorporated to the discussion about the human occupation of southern Patagonia. The distribution of artifacts in different sectors of steppe: 1) plateaus (950-1000 masl), 2) plateaus basis (750 masl), 3) intermediate pampas (300-700 masl)-, large open spaces formed by glacial deposits- and 4) the north coast of the lake (255-300 masl) has been surveyed. The study was complemented with technological artifact analysis, surveys of rock art sites, hunting blinds and excavations. Chronologies (mainly in relation to the last 3500 years BP) and archaeofaunal samples of guanaco (Lama guanicoe) were obtained. The archaeological landscape shows variability in logistic and residential components related to the different landscape sectors. A remarkable reduction of the residential mobility is registered in the archaeological record of the Cerro Índice Tehuelche-Aonikenk reserve (structures and rubbish areas with high frequency of glass scrapers) during historical times.


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Hunters in the Viedma Lake basin (Southern Patagonia, Argentina): differences and continuities in landscape use during the Late Holocene. Juan Belardi, Flavia Carballo Marina, Gustavo Barrientos, Patricia Campan. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404497)


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South America


Spatial Coverage

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