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DEL PAPA, Luis M.  and  MORO, Leda. Anthropic use of lizards (Tupinambis sp.) at Beltrán Onofre Banegas-Lami Hernández site (Santiago Del Estero province). Comechingonia [online]. 2014, vol.18, n.2, pp.249-261. ISSN 1851-0027.

In the last few years, archaeofaunal analysis has extended to small fauna. In this case, the usage patterns of lizards (Tupinambis sp.) at Beltran Onofre Banegas-Lami Hernandez archaeological site have been analyzed (Department of Robles, Santiago del Estero). This site corresponds to a late agro-pottery context (dated to 420 ± 60 14C years BP) and is located in the vicinity of the Río Dulce paleobed. A taphonomical analysis of the sample determined cut marks and thermoalteration; in addition, the parts representation of Tupinambis sp. coincides with the introduction of whole preys to the places of consumption. The remains of Tupinambis sp. recur in the archaeological sites of the region for the agro-pottery context, and in some cases consumer evidence is consistent with those described in this paper. While reptiles in the sample do not exceed 6% of total NISP, they were an important complementary resource in relation to prey's seasonal use.

Keywords : Tupinambis sp.; Chaco-Santiagueña archaeological region; Late agro-pottery context; Anthropic evidences.

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