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Intersecciones en antropología

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Abstract

PRATES, Luciano; LUCHSINGER, Heidi; SCABUZZO, Clara  and  MANSEGOSA, Daniela. Archaeological research at la Victoria 5 site, General Conesa Department, Río Negro. Intersecciones antropol. [online]. 2011, vol.12, n.1, pp. 109-120. ISSN 1850-373X.

This paper presents results from the analysis of archaeological material from the La Victoria 5 site (LV5), located on the margin of a paleochannel in the middle of the Río Negro valley, Río Negro Province. At the site, the remains of a primary human burial consisting of two adult females and a variety of surface archaeological material were recorded. Based on stratigraphic analysis at this and other sites located along the margin of the same paleochannel it was determined that the occupation at LV5 occurred when the paleochannel was inactive, having been abandoned by the river after 1200 years BP. This corresponds with the radiocarbon ages obtained from the burials, which were around 900 14 C years BP. The two individuals show evidence of cranial deformation (tabular erect type), and at the time of death their general state of health was good. Evidence of degenerative pathology was only found in their joints. The overlying surface included lithic artifacts (flakes, cores, and tools), faunal remains (bones and shells of both marine and freshwater mollusks), and pottery sherds. Analysis of this material indicated that it was the result of one or more occupations (base camps). There is no evidence that the occupations are directly associated with the human burials .

Keywords : Norpatagonia; Late Holocene; Human burials; Base camps.

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