The Preceramic Occupation of Greater Chiriqui: An Assessment of our Current Understanding
Author(s): Anthony Ranere
The first substantial evidence of a preceramic occupation of Greater Chiriqui resulted from the 1970 excavations of upland rockshelters in the watershed of the Chiriqui River in Western Panama. Results from these excavations were reported in a 1972 dissertation and the 1980 publication Adaptive Radiations in Prehistoric Panama. Our current understanding of the preceramic period occupations in Greater Chiriqui owes more to subsequent innovations in research methods – phytolith and starch grain analyses and AMS dating foremost among them – and explorations of preceramic occupations beyond the boundaries of Greater Chiriqui than from any evidence from more recently discovered sites within the region. This presentation provides a reassessment of the preceramic evidence from Greater Chiriqui and an overview of what we should expect to find in the future.
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The Preceramic Occupation of Greater Chiriqui: An Assessment of our Current Understanding. Anthony Ranere. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444939)
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