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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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ZILIO, Leandro. First mortuary context from the middle holocen on the northern coast of Santa Cruz (Patagonia Argentina). Magallania [online]. 2016, vol.44, n.2, pp.219-224. ISSN 0718-2244.

In this communication a mortuary context denominated as Punta Buque 3, located in the locality of Punta Medanosa on Santa Cruz province, Argentina, is presented. The site is a burial of a male adult individual located within a dune. A direct radiocarbon date places the burial chronologically in the middle Holocene, which represents the first burial dated for this moment on the northern coast of Santa Cruz. Bioanthropological determinations, taphonomic studies, geochemical analysis of sediments and stable isotope of δ13C and δ15N are presented. This information allows us to infer that the site corresponds to a burial of an individual who made a complementary use of coastal and inland environments during the middle Holocene.

Keywords : human burial; Middle Holocene; hunter-gatherers; stable isotopes; northern coast of Santa Cruz.

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