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New information on marine hunter-gatherers of the Southernmost End of South America: technological and zooarchaeological study of site Bahía Mejillones 45, Chile.

Author(s): Manuel San Roman ; Victor Sierpe ; Jimena Torres ; Cristóbal Palacios ; Marianne Christensen

Year: 2017

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In this poster we present the results of research at Bahía Mejillones 45, located at the northern coast of Navarino island, at 55º parallel south, Chile. We describe and illustrate the results of an extended archaeological excavation, including stratigraphic and radiocarbon information (6850 Cal BP) concerning the Middle Holocene assemblage. Bone technological elements are characteristic of early marine hunter-gatherer groups of the region, considering multi-denticulate harpoons, detachable harpoon points with one barb and cruciform base, chisels made on pinniped ulna, cruciform base stemmed wedges on whale bone and ornament artifacts. The archaeological deposit has a short formation timeline of less than 100 radiocarbon years, providing the assemblage with a high-resolution chronological frame and excellent context integration for specialized fauna and artifact analysis.


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New information on marine hunter-gatherers of the Southernmost End of South America: technological and zooarchaeological study of site Bahía Mejillones 45, Chile.. Manuel San Roman, Victor Sierpe, Jimena Torres, Cristóbal Palacios, Marianne Christensen. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430257)


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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 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17273

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America