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Orinocan Prehistory and its Wider Relationships

Author(s): William Barse

Year: 2017

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The archeological sequence developed in the Upper Orinoco in the vicinity of the Atures Rapids has not only local continuity through time but exhibits broader relationships with northern South America. The earliest preceramic components in the region, dated to ca. 10,000 BP, can be linked to comparable occupations that have been documented in the Sabana de Bogota. Slightly later preceramic components represented by distinctive contracting stemmed projectile points show links to sites in central Brazil and to the El Inga related sites in Ecuador. The lengthy Barrancas Tradition and sequent Arauquin horizon also exhibit stylistic links to other ceramic complexes in northern South America.These ties through time will be examined and related to anthropological models of trade and exchange in northern South America.

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Orinocan Prehistory and its Wider Relationships. William Barse. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431346)


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): 16964

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