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New Approaches to Sambaqui Archaeology in Brazil

Author(s): Maria Gaspar ; MaDu Gaspar ; Paulo DeBlasis

Year: 2017

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MaDu Gaspar and Paulo DeBlasis

Sambaquis (shellmounds) have attracted attention since colonial times due to their monumentality, and to the presence of human burials and stone sculptures. Discussions on their natural or human origin dominated up to the 1960s, when debate shifted to cultural history and diet, and moundbuilders were taken as nomadic bands with shellfish-based subsistence. The 1990s, a time of changing paradigms in sambaqui archaeology, coincides with the coming of Suzy and Paul Fish to Brazil. They helped to open new research perspectives as regards site formation processes and interpreting the sambaquis into their landscape and symbolical context. This paper will highlight some advances related to that.

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New Approaches to Sambaqui Archaeology in Brazil. Maria Gaspar, MaDu Gaspar, Paulo DeBlasis. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430316)


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min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 13291

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