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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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Abstract

CONTRERAS, Catalina; MENDEZ, César  and  REYES, Omar. Lithic resource management and spatial organization of hunter-gatherers in the steppe of Cisnes and Simpson valleys, Aysén Region, Chile. Magallania [online]. 2016, vol.44, n.1, pp.167-185. ISSN 0718-2244.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22442016000100010.

We present a comparative analysis of hunter-gatherer occupations at the upper steppe portions of two valleys in the Aysén region, namely the Simpson and Cisnes basins. The study is based on the analysis of lithic materials located in the surface of open-air sites. We assess the technological characteristics and the function of the lithic assemblages and consider the available environmental reconstructions for each zone. The paper discusses the use and management of local lithic resources, in order to shed light on the spatial organization of the groups that occupied these areas during the late Holocene.

Keywords : lithic technology; resource management; spatial organization.

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