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Chungará (Arica)

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SANTORO, Calogero M.; STANDEN, Vivien G.  and  ARRIAZA, Bernardo T.. ¿PATRÓN FUNERARIO ARCAICO O ALTERACIÓN POSTDEPOSICIONAL?: EL ENTERRATORIO DE PATAPATANE EN LOS ANDES CENTRO SUR. Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2001, vol.33, n.1, pp.43-49. ISSN 0717-7356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562001000100007.

Excavations at Patapatane Cave in the Arica highlands, in the South Central Andes, exposed a burial dated at B.P. 5,910±90 years, corresponding to the Late Archaic Period (ca. B.P. 6,000-3,500). The individual, a 20-23 year-old female, shows signs of perimortem bone modification before inhumation. Can this be interpreted as the consequence of cultural action or the effect of post-depositional alteration by human or natural events? In this paper, we postulate that the Patapatane burial belongs to an early and widely distributed cultural tradition. They share as a common trait, the drastic manipulation of the corpses as part of a mortuary ritual prior to inhumation. The Patapatane burial, as in many South American burials, does not seem to be the result of simple post-depositional alteration

Keywords : Precolumbian cultures; funerary patterns; perimortem alterations; archaic hunters.

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