On-line version ISSN 0718-1043
SALAZAR, Diego et al. Metalurgia prehispánica en las sociedades costeras del norte de Chile (quebrada Mamilla, Tocopilla). Estud. atacam. [online]. 2010, n.40, pp. 23-42. ISSN 0718-1043. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-10432010000200003.
We present direct and indirect evidences of metallurgical activities by hunter-gatherer and fishers populations of the arid coast of Northern Chile during Late Intermediate and Late periods. We discuss these evidences and propose the existence of a local metallurgical tradition with particular characteristics for the coastal societies in this region. This tradition complements current knowledge about the use and significance of metals in the Andes.
Keywords : metallurgy; coastal societies; hunter gatherers; fishers; Northern Chile; Late Intermediate Period; Late Period.