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Why clam? Why clams? Shell Mound construction in Southern Brazil

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Author(s):
Klokler, Daniela [1] ; Gaspar, Maria Dulce [2] ; Scheel-Ybert, Rita [2]
Total Authors: 3
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Fed Sergipe, Dept Arqueol, Praca Samuel de Oliveira S-N, BR-49170000 Laranjeiras, SE - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Rio de Janeiro, Museu Nacl, Dept Antropol, BR-20940040 Rio De Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Review article
Source: JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE-REPORTS; v. 20, p. 856-863, AUG 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 0
Abstract

Bivalve shells comprise a significant portion of shell mounds, so mollusks have always been seen as fundamental to shell mound societies. The importance of these animal resources to shell mound societies in Brazil has been intrinsically connected to diet and subsistence since research began in the 19th century. For nearly 150 years, researchers have considered the faunal assemblages from shell sites as a direct reflection of their builders' meals. Alternate explanations for the presence of mollusks at the mounds were usually disregarded, but results of isotope analyses from human bones are changing the scenario. Incongruences between the assemblages and isotopic analyses compel researchers to rethink the role of the faunal remains deposited in shell sites. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 04/11038-0 - Sambaquis and landscape: modeling cultural and natural relationships at the Brazilian southern shores, Santa Catarina
Grantee:Paulo Antônio Dantas de Blasis
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants