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Boletín del Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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SOTO, Catalina; POWER, Ximena  and  BALLESTER, Benjamín. Circulation of perforated shell objects: Further considerations for interpreting their role in social relations in the atacama desert from 6000-3500 bp. Bol. Mus. Chil. Arte Precolomb. [online]. 2018, vol.23, n.1, pp.51-69. ISSN 0718-6894.

The study of perforated objects from four archaeological sites on the Atacama Desert coast and highlands (Antofagasta Region, Northern Chile), dated between 6000 and 3500 bp, showed a predominant use of Pacific Ocean mollusks. These data, combined with available archaeological information about the area, provide inputs for a discussion of the circulation of such objects between the Pacific coast and the Puna, as well of the systematization of inter-community exchanges in the macro zone during the Late Archaic Period.

Keywords : perforated shell objects; circulation; Late Archaic; Atacama desert.

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