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Understanding the occupation history of oversized pit houses in the southern Brazilian highlands: Bayesian modelling and high resolution chronology of the Baggio 1 site

Author(s): Jonas DeSouza ; Mark Robinson ; Jose Iriarte ; Francis Mayle ; Paulo DeBlasis

Year: 2016

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The function of the oversized pit houses constructed by southern proto-Je groups in the southern Brazilian highlands has been a matter of debate for decades. In this paper, we contribute to the debate by presenting a unique sequence from House 1 of the Baggio 1 site in Campo Belo do Sul, Santa Catarina state. For the first time, we obtained a large number of radiocarbon dates for twelve occupation floors in an oversized pit structure. We applied Bayesian modelling to develop a fine-grained chronology of the occupation history of House 1. This allowed us to tie observed changes in material culture, maintenance practices and abandonment modes in House 1 to an absolute, high resolution chronology.


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Understanding the occupation history of oversized pit houses in the southern Brazilian highlands: Bayesian modelling and high resolution chronology of the Baggio 1 site. Jonas DeSouza, Mark Robinson, Jose Iriarte, Francis Mayle, Paulo DeBlasis. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404690)


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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