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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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Abstract

CARBALLO MARINA, Flavia; BAUTISTA BELARDI, Juan  and  BORRERO, Luis Alberto. New data for an archaeological discussion of forest corridors in the southwest of Santa Cruz province, Argentine: The case of Arroyo Los Loros. Magallania [online]. 2016, vol.44, n.2, pp.209-217. ISSN 0718-2244.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22442016000200011.

A record of archaeological remains at Arroyo Los Loros, La Primavera (La Escondida), Ea. Cancha Carrera is presented. This evidence sustains the existence of forest corridors in Southwest Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. Information on the use of the current forest-steppe ecotone by past hunter-gatherer populations between the Cordillera Oriental (the international border line with Chile) and the Cordillera Chica and Meseta Latorre is provided. It is postulated that the Arroyo Los Loros valley would have been a corridor, connecting the San Guillermo River Valley with the Gallegos River headwaters. This data is in accordance with what is known from the archaeology of other forested sectors in Southern Santa Cruz, all characterized by a low intensity use and the exploitation of locally available lithics.

Keywords : corridors; forest; seasonal use; lithic raw materials.

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