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Rethinking the Formative Stage: A reconsideration from two archaeological sites on the Colombian Caribbean lowlands

Author(s): Diana Carvajal Contreras

Year: 2017

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The concept of formative in Colombia is traditionally framed as a transitional period within the unilineal cultural evolution in the Americas, characterized for several indicators such as sedentary life, diversity of socio-economic forms and the emergence of new technologies such as pottery. In this paper, we revised two archaeological sites: Monsu and Puerto Hormiga, incorporating zooarchaeological analysis, technological and use–wear analyses to provide understanding into past human behavior including interaction with tropical environments, changes in subsistence, seasonality, mobility and adaptation. With this understanding, we discuss the scope of the concepts developed around the formative stage for the comprehension of early human adaptations in the Caribbean Lowlands.


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Rethinking the Formative Stage: A reconsideration from two archaeological sites on the Colombian Caribbean lowlands. Diana Carvajal Contreras. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430874)


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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): 14320

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