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Intersecciones en antropología

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OTTALAGANO, Flavia V.. An Experimental Study Of Ceramic Decoration: Incising Techniques From The Paraná River Region. Intersecciones antropol. [online]. 2010, vol.11, n.2, pp.237-247. ISSN 1850-373X.

This article presents the results of experimental efforts to reproduce techniques of incised ceramic decoration -rhythmic-groove and point- in order to produce markings similar to those that are commonly found on archaeological ceramics from the Paraná River region, Argentina. This experimental approach was used to obtain information regarding the relationship between the archaeological decorations and the possible manual techniques and tools employed by past human populations. Previous experimental work regarding incised techniques is scarce in this region, since a much greater emphasis has been placed on studies of ceramic vessel manufacturing, rather than decoration. It is thought that an experimental approach could potentially present advantages for addressing broader research issues, for example, the social dimensions of the groups adapted to this fluvial environmental during the late Holocene. The results obtained demonstrate similarities between the archaeological markings and those made experimentally with ceramic rims, otter teeth, feathers, and long bone fragments. These items would be among the most appropriate for creating impressions with good clarity, precision, and visibility, and their proper use as tools would in some cases require significant amounts of technical skill, practice, and knowledge.

Palabras clave : Experimental decoration; Archaeological ceramics; Incised technique; Paraná River fluvial environment; Late Holocene.

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