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Chungará (Arica)

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BONOMO, Mariano. THE USE OF MARINE SHELLFISH BY PAMPEAN HUNTER-GATHERERS. Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2007, vol.39, n.1, pp. 87-102. ISSN 0717-7356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562007000100006.

Numerous archaeological contexts of the Pampean Region (Argentina), with chronologies that range from Final Pleistocene to Late Holocene, have yielded shells without human modification as well as beads made from valves. Some of the research developed throughout the 20th century on the Pampean marine coast has proposed that coastal groups had an economy based on shellfish consumption. Nevertheless, at present, it has not been corroborated if these potential resources were a frequent food source for past populations. Analyzing the available literature, this paper discusses how marine shellfish could have been used by Pampean hunter-gatherers. On the basis of this information, it is argued that shellfish used in the Pampean Region do not have a clear link with diet and that they may had a strong symbolic meaning

Palabras clave : Pampean Region; hunter-gatherers; marine shellfish.

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