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Intersecciones en antropología

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IUCCI, María Emilia  and  ALPERIN, Marta. La producción de alfarería Belén del Valle de Hualfín (provincia de Catamarca, Argentina): un acercamiento a partir de la petrografía cerámica. Intersecciones antropol. [online]. 2019, vol.20, n.1, pp.121-135. ISSN 1850-373X.

The results of the petrographic analysis of 69 thin sections of Belén ceramics from Valle de Hualfín are presented as a contribution to the study of pottery practices and the organization of production. The sample was obtained from six archaeological sites located chronologically between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries. Different attributes of the paste were recorded and the inclusions in the compositional and textural levels quantified. The data expressed as percentages were analyzed using statistical methods for compositional data and the search for significant groups was carried out through cluster analysis. Most of the sample consists of sandy sediments, which might indicate non-standardized production but with a relatively structured pattern. There are few specimens with grog and with high proportions of pumiceous fragments, which enables a discussion of their production in the contexts of interactions between populations on a regional scale and the expansion of the Inka state.

Keywords : Belén ceramics; Petrography; Pottery production; Late period; Compositional data.

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