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Boletín del Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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CARDEN, Natalia  and  MARTINEZ, Gustavo. Fragmented Designs: Social Circulation of Images on Rheidae Eggs in Pampa and Northern Patagonia. Bol. Mus. Chil. Arte Precolomb. [online]. 2014, vol.19, n.2, pp.55-75. ISSN 0718-6894.

This work discusses the results of the analysis of decorated Rheidae eggshells recovered from four archaeological sites situated on the lower reaches of the Colorado River in the eastern Pampa-Patagonian transition (Argentina). The designs are compared to motifs found on decorated eggshell fragments and complete eggs from other areas of Pampas-Patagonia. The results suggest a particular temporal trajectory for eggshell decoration, which occurs most intensively during part of the middle Holocene and the beginning of the late Holocene (ca. 5600-1000 years BP). The discussion concludes that the extensive spatial distribution of similar motifs and the analysis of other archaeological evidence (i. e. raw stone materials) points to the existence of open social networks among hunter-gatherer groups.

Keywords : Pampa-Patagonia; middle and late Holocene; hunter-gatherers; etched Rheidae eggshells; designs; social networks.

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