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Revista del Museo de Antropología

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VILLAFANEZ, Emilio Alejandro. Settlement and landscape. A case study through the analysis of visual theory basins in the valley of Balcosna, province of Catamarca, Argentina. Rev. Mus. Antropol. [online]. 2017, vol.10, n.2, pp.89-100. ISSN 1852-060X.

Abstract This paper aims to bring the reader a theoretical case study of the viewshed in the Balcosna Valley (Catamarca province). This place is located in the last slopes of the Yungas zone, and it counts with few references in the archaeological literature, so our first questions were directed by the need to understand the social construction of landscape in the valley, where visibility seems to have been an important sociability of groups that inhabited the area. Methodologically we conducted archaeological surveys guided by the trails which still persist in the valley, which allowed us to comprehend them from a novel perspective. We interpret this valley as a place where the landscape was constantly re-created, where the sites were arranged in a logic where visibility and inter-visibility were relevant factors and also to a point necessary in the constant social interactions of the persons inhabiting the area.

Keywords : Keywords; Visibility; Paths; Landscape; Balcosna valley.

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