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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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Abstract

GARCIA P, Christian  and  MENA L, Francisco. Did a distinct sociocultural system function at the middle Ibáñez river?: Assessing boundaries through surveys at the central patagonian Andes (Aisén, Chile). Magallania [online]. 2016, vol.44, n.2, pp.187-207. ISSN 0718-2244.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22442016000200010.

Located on the eastern slopes of the Central Patagonian Andes (Aisén, Chile), the Río Ibáñez valley encompasses a rich diversity of environments within short distances. This relatively bounded geographic space -separated from the Pacific and neighboring valleys by high mountain ranges- is further enhanced by a particular archeological record, most notoriously characterized by abundant rock paintings of great homogeneity within a bounded period of human occupations. With the aim of testing the likely existence of relatively closed, discrete cultural systems in prehistory, areas surrounding the main known concentration of archaeological sites were surveyed. Herein we report the results of systematic surveys and test excavations conducted to assess the possible boundaries of the cultural system.

Keywords : survey; archaeological distributions; boundaries; patagonian Andes.

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