Luis Borrero´s Model of Peopling of Patagonia: Some Examples of his Application in Lithic and Mobility Studies

Author(s): Nora Franco

Year: 2019


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.

Borrero's work has greatly influenced Patagonian archaeology. Through his papers and classes, he strongly influenced new generations of archaeologists. In the case of lithic studies, his model of the peopling of Patagonia was integrated with ethnoarchaeological information within an organization of technology framework in order to generate expectations to be tested with the archaeological record of the Upper Santa Cruz River basin. Results obtained, which took into account the availability and quality of lithic resources, allowed researchers to identify the main changes in the way this space was utilized, which were in turn related to environmental changes. In addition, the application of this model, allowed researchers to identify not only an exploration phase of human peopling of this environment at the beginning of the Holocene, but also a new exploration at ca. 500 BP which, according to genetic results recently obtained, corresponds to the introduction of a new human population. In the case of the Southern Deseado Massif, the application of the same model was useful to understand the role of different resources in the human ranking of habitats, as well as the technological and mobility strategies used during initial human dispersal into this environment.

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Luis Borrero´s Model of Peopling of Patagonia: Some Examples of his Application in Lithic and Mobility Studies. Nora Franco. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450503)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -77.695; min lat: -55.279 ; max long: -47.813; max lat: -25.642 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 24040