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Seriation as a tool to unravel the chronology of ceramist pre-colonial groups from São Paulo State, Brazil: boundaries, contacts, and identities

Grant number: 23/03591-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2023
Effective date (End): November 02, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Archeology - Prehistoric Archaeology
Principal Investigator:Astolfo Gomes de Mello Araujo
Grantee:Glauco Constantino Perez
Supervisor: Ethan Edwad Cochrane
Host Institution: Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia (MAE). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Auckland, New Zealand  
Associated to the scholarship:21/04562-0 - The establishment of cultural transmission networks among the Tupiguarani groups in the State of São Paulo, BP.PD


Chronologies are fundamental elements to further understand the dynamics of the exploration of landscapes by humans in past times. Our Project focuses on Tupiguarani ceramist groups from the Late Holocene from Sao Paulo state, with focus on Paranapanema, Ribeira do Iguape and Tietê Valleys. Data from ceramic collections from 34 sites from these three regions were collected prioritizing technological, morphological, and decorative aspects. By using statistical methods, including using frequency seriation, similarity tests and richness tests, we expect to understand the past boundaries and contacts of such human groups, as well as contribute to the discussion of how artifactual variability and relative chronology can be used to better understand the occupation of these landscapes in the past. (AU)

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