Formation and Context of Sitio Chivacabe, Western Highland Guatemala

Author(s): David Yelacic; Charles Frederick; Jon Lohse

Year: 2018


Located in the Highlands of western Guatemala, Chivacabe is a Pleistocene-age bone bed and Archaic-age archaeological site. In 2009 the site was subjected to intensive geoarchaeological investigation with the goals of identifying the relationship between the faunal and archaeological remains through developing an understanding of their context. Three allostratigraphic units were identified: The oldest unit, which contains the bone bed, consists of colluvially reworked tephra bracketed by radiocarbon dates of 15,700 and 12,920 years BP (Cal. 2-sigma). The middle unit, marked by a prominent Btkb horizon, minimally dates to 10,190 years BP and likely contains the archaeological materials. The youngest unit truncates the underlying middle unit and represents relatively recent or Late Holocene erosion and deposition. Overarching conclusions from the 2009 geoarchaeological investigations include confirmation of the faunal remains in reworked tephra and dissociation of the bone bed and archaeological materials.

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Formation and Context of Sitio Chivacabe, Western Highland Guatemala. David Yelacic, Charles Frederick, Jon Lohse. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444125)

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min long: -92.153; min lat: -4.303 ; max long: -50.977; max lat: 18.313 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 20338