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Western Patagonia subsistence strategies: zooarchaeological studies of marine hunter-fisher-gatherers of the Chonos Archipelago, Chile

Author(s): Manuel San Roman ; Omar Reyes ; Javier Cárcamo ; Jimena Torres

Year: 2016

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The Chonos archipelago (43°50’-46°50’S) at the western Patagonian channels of Chile was peopled by marine hunter gatherers known as Chonos. Archaeological occupation spans from 6260 cal years BP unto the 18th century. Recently the archaeological record has been described and characterized through surveys, test pits and systematic excavations in different parts of the region.

This work presents a first synthesis of faunal resource exploitation for a range of islands, considering archaeological assemblage characterization, and relation with geographical distribution and chronology. The comprehension of space use strategies are implied from a biogeographical point of view for these groups that inhabited the southernmost South Pacific during the late Holocene.


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Western Patagonia subsistence strategies: zooarchaeological studies of marine hunter-fisher-gatherers of the Chonos Archipelago, Chile. Manuel San Roman, Omar Reyes, Javier Cárcamo, Jimena Torres. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405259)


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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