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Boletín del Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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PAULINYI HORTA, Muriel. Defining the altiplano style of chuspa bags from samples found at the azapa-15 prehispanic cemetery in Arica, Chile. Bol. Mus. Chil. Arte Precolomb. [online]. 2018, vol.23, n.1, pp.29-49. ISSN 0718-6894.

The present article outlines a textile analysis of chuspa bags as sociated with grave goods found in the pre-Hispanic cemetery of Azapa 15 (Azapa Valley, Arica, Chile). The sample shows a set of exogenous specimens that differs formally and technically from the styles defined by previous research on pre-Hispanic textiles from the area. With this group, which we propose calling the Altiplano style, we hope to establish a new archaeological indica tor that, combined with other artifacts already examined in the literature, will tel us about ethnic affiliations of the population that settled in this coastal valley.

Keywords : pre-Hispanic textiles; chuspa bags; Late Period; mitimaes; Arica; Azapa cemetery 15.

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