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Change and continuity in prehistoric human groups from Ribeira de Iguape Valley (São Paulo and Paraná): applying evolutionary theory to bioarchaeology and material culture


The Ribeira de Iguape Valley, located in the south of the State of São Paulo, is one of the rare Brazilian regions that presents prehistoric human occupations, preserving both human skeletal remnants and their material culture, throughout the Holocene. Therefore, this place presents itself as an ideal one for understanding long-lived human settlement, including issues of contact, identity, as well as cultural and biological change, to be explored from the analysis of both human skeletons and material culture. The aim of this project is to explore the biological and cultural diversity of the Ribeira de Iguape Valley, based on an evolutionary and interdisciplinar approach applied to both human populations and the artifacts produced by these populations. In the case of bioarchaeological analyzes (based on skeletal remains), biodistance methods based on both cranial morphology and paleogenomic analysis (ancient DNA) will be used. On the other hand, the studies of material culture, focused on the formal artifacts, will be based on theoretical approaches, such as Evolutionary Archeology and Cultural Transmission Theory. It is hoped that the union of these bioarchaeological and material culture studies can generate knowledge about prehistoric human biological and cultural diversity over time in this region. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
PARELLADA, CLAUDIA; PARENTI, FABIO; OKUMURA, MERCEDES. A Bifacial Point of Extraordinary Dimensions Found in Parana State, Southern Brazil. LITHIC TECHNOLOGY, v. 46, n. 1 NOV 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
MORENO DE SOUSA, JOAO CARLOS; OKUMURA, MERCEDES. A new proposal for the technological analysis of lithic points: Application for understanding the cultural diversity of hunter gatherers in Eastern South America. QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL, v. 562, p. 1-12, OCT 10 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
CHAHUD, ARTUR; OKUMURA, MERCEDES. The presence ofPanthera oncaLinnaeus 1758 (Felidae) in the Pleistocene of the region of Lagoa Santa, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. HISTORICAL BIOLOGY, AUG 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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