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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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Abstract

CRUZ, ISABEL; MUNOZ, A. SEBASTIÁN  and  CARACOTCHE, M. SOLEDAD. A HUEMUL (HIPPOCAMELUS BISULCUS) ANTLER ARTEFACT IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL DEPOSITS OF THE ATLANTIC COAST: IMPLICATIONS FOR HUMAN MOBILITY AND SPECIES DISTRIBUTION. Magallania [online]. 2010, vol.38, n.1, pp. 287-294. ISSN 0718-2244.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22442010000100018.

This paper discusses the past distribution of the huemul (Hippocamelus bisulcus), an endemic cervid in Subantarctic Patagonian forests, as well as its utilization by human populations. Based on a huemul specimen found on the Atlantic coast (Punta Entrada, Santa Cruz, Argentina), its implications are assessed regarding distributional estimations generated from historical information as well as regarding human mobility in southern Patagonia throughout the last 1500 years. Previously, the recovery context of the object and its morphological characteristics are described. The paper concludes that even though the specimen recovered at Punta Entrada is not enough evidence to suggest the utilization of an animal hunted nearby, its presence on the coast may be interpreted as an indication of human mobility or the circulation  of goods throughout long distances.

Keywords : Hippocamelus bisulcus; zooarchaeology; human mobility; historical distribution; Patagonia.

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