Fibre Technology from Caleta Vitor, Northern Chile

Author(s): Tracy Martens

Year: 2017


In 2008, Chris Carter of the Australian National University (ANU) and Calogero Santoro of Universidad de Tarapacá de Arica (UTA) excavated at Caleta Vitor, located at the coastal mouth of Quebrada Chaca in northern Chile. The site was occupied from at least 13,000 BP through to the Spanish invasion and came to world attention when it was featured on ABC Catalyst (ABC iView , 2009). This research project is aimed at identifying and establishing the provenience of the well preserved textiles and other fiber artifacts from the site. The report presented here details the initial findings from my survey of the collection conducted April to July 2016. The research is a part of my Doctoral project and was conducted under a memorandum of understanding between the UTA and ANU.

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Fibre Technology from Caleta Vitor, Northern Chile. Tracy Martens. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430519)

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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): 13260