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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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CANETE M, Daniela S. Technological strategies at the Santa Cruz river mouth, southern Patagonia, Argentina. Magallania [online]. 2016, vol.44, n.1, pp.211-228. ISSN 0718-2244.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22442016000100012.

Technological strategies are known to be plans used by humans to deal with the environmental as well as social constraits which express human decisions. The main goal of this research is to understand the technological decisions of human groups who occupied Punta Entrada (Santa Cruz, Argentina) during Late Holocene. In this context, the relationship among technology, hunting and butchering of pinnipeds is evaluated. To achieve this objective, the archaeological remains from open scatters Punto 37 and 96 were analyzed. These assemblages were studied techno-morpologically and then were processed by test of descriptive statistics. The results obtained indicate that the expedient strategy is dominant and that the technological gear is mainly composed of processing tools mamufactured on local and immediately available lithic raw materials.

Keywords : lithic technology; hunter-gatherers; pinnipeds; coastal occupations; technological strategies.

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