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Intersecciones en antropología

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HERMO, Darío. Rocks As Symbols: The Selection Of Raw Material For Projectile Points In Patagonian Plateau Environments. Intersecciones antropol. [online]. 2008, n.9, pp.319-324. ISSN 1850-373X.

Analyses of hunter-gatherer lithic technologies from Argentinean Patagonia have been developed from ecological-economic perspectives, leaving aside the social and symbolic aspects that impacted technological organization. Considering the analysis of projectile points of diverse ages from the Patagonian plateaus, the visual aspect of these rocks, such as their color and brightness, is proposed as a non-exclusionary approach for the selection of the raw materials out of which they were manufactured. The proposed approach could open new interpretive paths for the region.

Keywords : Hunter-gatherers; Technological organization; Raw material selection; Symbolic approach.

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