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Archaeological diversity in the upper Madeira River basin

Grant number: 18/24509-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2019
Effective date (End): August 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Archeology - Prehistoric Archaeology
Principal researcher:Eduardo Góes Neves
Grantee:Thiago Kater Pinto
Home Institution: Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia (MAE). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:17/25157-0 - Peoples, plants and landscapes in Amazônia, AP.JP


The region of the upper Madeira River, in the Southwest of the Amazon, is a particular context where, unlike most of the rest of the Amazon, there are long and continuous human occupations through the Holocene, as well as a wide linguistic and cultural diversity verified in the present. According to this scenario, a plurality of archaeological contexts, observed both by the artifacts and by the construction and modification of the landscape are identified, as suggested by the Anthropogenic Dark Earth (ADE), occurring at least from 6,500 years BP. It is known that the sites near the waterfalls downstream of the upper Madeira have a high information potential, as indicated by the years of research on the Teotônio Site. The sites in the upstream waterfalls, however, are a gap of the archaeological record knowledge, and for this reason we are looking for to verify if this archaeological pattern of diversity is consistent for these sites. This research seeks, therefore, to infer if the historical processes of long duration that generated the linguistic and cultural diversity identified in the Amazon Southwest are attested in the past through the archaeological record of the last 3000 years in the region. In addition, one wonders if through the millennia, the landscapes composed by the waterfalls were preferred by the indigenous populations. Through intersections between the data obtained by this research, ethnohistorical and linguistic sources, the aim is to construct an indigenous history of long duration. (AU)

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THIAGO KATER. A temporalidade das ocupações ceramistas no sítio Teotônio. Bol. Mus. Para. Emílio Goeldi. Ciênc. hum., v. 15, n. 2, p. -, 2020.

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