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Intersecciones en antropología

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SOLA, Patricia. Indicative potsherds of exotic ceramic in late period sites of the Susques area (Jujuy, Argentine Puna). Intersecciones antropol. [online]. 2011, vol.12, n.1, pp.177-194. ISSN 1850-373X.

In the Susques area, various special potsherds were recovered from five archaeological sites. This ceramic looks like non local production, possibly manufactured very far from Susques, such as Quebrada de Humahuaca, the Yavi region and the Peruvian-Bolivian Altiplano. These fragments have an exotic connotation in the Susques sites and were considered as a guide of ceramic movement in this part of Northwestern Argentina. This material was found together with utilitarian ceramic of domestic production manufactured by local potters, who lived in small groups with a pastoral-hunter economic system from ca. 1100 AD to 1800 AD. The exotic potsherds in Susques could show some level of interaction between the regional groups and their analysis could also suggest the distances implicated in this pottery distribution. The previous information about the ceramic production sequences, from some of the involved regions, is limited; so this makes it difficult to establish secure matches with the identified ceramic groups. The observations were carried out by stereomicroscope and polarizing microscope, analysis supported by an exhaustive bibliographic review.

Keywords : Exotic ceramic; Petrographic characterization; Puna of Jujuy; Susques.

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