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Intersecciones en antropología

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LOPEZ, Gabriel E. J.. Pastoreo y caza de camélidos en el Temprano de la Puna de Salta: Datos osteométricos del sitio Matancillas 2. Intersecciones antropol. [online]. 2003, n.4, pp.17-27. ISSN 1850-373X.

Camelids were the most important faunal resource for the human populations of the Puna highlands throughout their cultural history in the Argentinean Northwest, as is demonstrated by the archaeofaunal record. During the Temprano period (2500- 1350 BP.), the existence of diversification in economic strategies did not prevent the consumption of camelids predominating. Even most pastoralists and hunters' strategies were centered on these resources. The osteometrical data obtained from the archaeofaunal assemblages of Matancillas 2 site shows the presence of specimens pertaining to llama (a domesticated species) and vicuña (a wild species), suggesting both pastoralism and hunting strategies for the supply of meat. Following the predictions of risk-sensitive models, the combining of these strategies can be explained as a risk-minimization tactic based on the diversification of economic activities to minimize fluctuations in the resource base to which the human populations of this region were exposed.

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