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Chungará (Arica)

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CORREA, Itaci  y  GARCIA, Magdalena. POTTERY AND STOPPING POINTS ALONG THE CALAMA-QUILLAGUA ROUTE, VIA CHUG-CHUG, ATACAMA DESERT, NORTHERN CHILE. Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2014, vol.46, n.1, pp.25-50. ISSN 0717-7356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562014000100003.

The wide distribution and large number of fragmented pottery along the Prehispanic route that connected the Quillagua and Calama oases in the Loa river basin show that these recipients played an important role for travelers in the past. The high frequency of vessel restorability allowed study of semi-complete vessels, with an understanding that their deposition along the route -whether intentionally or accidentally- constitutes only the final stage of a long life history. Through typological, morpho-functional, and contextual analyses, and the use of ethnographic and ethnohistorical documentation, we conclude that the ceramic recipients under study were used for food and beverage service and storage, mainly in ceremonial contexts that we attempt to define. Chronologically, the ceramic assemblages presented here date to the Late Intermediate Period (900-1,350AD), suggesting previous and subsequent occupations were less intense in character. Finally, the Loa-San Pedro pottery tradition predominates at all the sites, accompanied by a Tarapacá component and, to a lesser extent, examples of Altiplano, Northwestern Argentinan and Cuzco ceramic traditions.

Palabras clave : Prehispanic pottery; mobility; Atacama Desert; ceremonialism; morpho-functional analysis.

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