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Experimental micromorphology in Tierra del Fuego (Argentina): building a reference collection for the study of shell middens in cold climates

Villagran, Ximena S.; Balbo, Andrea L.; Madella, Marco; Vila, Assumpcio; Estevez, Jordi Universidade De São Paulo

JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE, v.38, n.3, p.588-604, 2011

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  • Título:
    Experimental micromorphology in Tierra del Fuego (Argentina): building a reference collection for the study of shell middens in cold climates
  • Autor: Villagran, Ximena S.; Balbo, Andrea L.; Madella, Marco; Vila, Assumpcio; Estevez, Jordi
  • Universidade De São Paulo
  • Assuntos: Micromorphology; Shell Middens; Beagle Channel; Geoarchaeology; Mytilus Edulis; Temperature-Induced Changes; Experimental Hearths; Archaeological Bone; Beagle Channel; Land-Use; Decomposition; Variability; Skeletons; Record; Sites; Nacre; Soils; Anthropology; Archaeology; Geosciences; Multidisciplinary
  • É parte de: JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE, v.38, n.3, p.588-604, 2011
  • Descrição: Commonly used in archaeological contexts, micromorphology did not see a parallel advance in the field of experimental archaeology. Drawing from early work conducted in the 1990`s on ethnohistoric sites in the Beagle Channel, we analyze a set of 25 thin sections taken from control features and experimental tests. The control features include animal pathways and environmental contexts (beach samples, forest litter, soils from the proximities of archaeological sites), while the experimental samples comprise anthropic structures, such as hearths, and valves of Mytilus edulis (the most important component of shell middens in the region) heated from 200 degrees C to 800 degrees C. Their micromorphological study constitutes a modern analogue to assist archaeologists studying site formation and ethnographical settings in cold climates, with particular emphasis on shell midden contexts. (c) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Fundacion Carolina for allowing Ximena Villagran research stay at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Institucion Mila y Fontanals (IMF/CSIC, Barcelona)
    Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Sao Paulo (FAPESP)[08/51264-0]
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2010.10.013
  • Títulos relacionados: Journal of Archaeological Science
  • Editor: ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
  • Data de publicação: 2011
  • Idioma: Inglês

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