"In pursuit of the past": Borrero Influences in our Regional Research in the NW of Patagonia (Chubut, Argentina)


This is an abstract from the "Patagonian Evolutionary Archaeology and Human Paleoecology: Commending the Legacy (Still in the Making) of Luis Alberto Borrero in the Interpretation of Hunter-Gatherer Studies of the Southern Cone" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

This presentation aims to highlight the theoretical and methodological relevance of Borrero’s work to address regional research in Patagonia through our own project in Genoa and Pico valleys (NW of the Argentinean Patagonia). From a theoretical standpoint, it was argued that Borrero’s peopling model (1989, 1994-1995) was utilized in two ways: 1) strong or direct, allowing to generate archaeological expectations for each one of the peopling stages, and 2) the most frequent one, a weak or indirect utilization, as a post hoc interpretation of data. In our study area, this model was utilized in both ways: weak or indirect (Caridi and Scheinsohn 2016) and strong or direct, for analyzing the human settlement of Northwest Patagonia during the last 12.000 years (Rizzo 2018). From a methodological standpoint Borrero (1988, 2001) posited a regional taphonomic perspective to consider the way in which different processes affect preservation and artifacts localization in a regional scale. This perspective was incorporated in the Genoa and Pico Valleys to generate a baseline from which to begin to discuss the past human occupation in these areas.

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"In pursuit of the past": Borrero Influences in our Regional Research in the NW of Patagonia (Chubut, Argentina). Vivian Scheinsohn, Florencia Rizzo, Sabrina Leonardt. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450501)

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Abstract Id(s): 23949