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The Shell Midden Conundrum: Comparative Micromorphology of Shell-Matrix Sites from South America

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Autor(es):
Villagran, Ximena S.
Número total de Autores: 1
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHOD AND THEORY; v. 26, n. 1, p. 344-395, MAR 2019.
Citações Web of Science: 2
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Shell-matrix sites are one of the most widespread archaeological deposits in the world. They inform archaeologists about human adaptations to coastal environments, the evolution of coastal economies, ritual practices, and prehistoric architecture. In recent years, the micromorphological study of Brazilian shellmounds and a shell midden from Tierra del Fuego revealed unique information about the human behaviors related to the formation of shell-matrix sites. These investigations refined our knowledge concerning the upward sequence of events involved in the growth and post-depositional evolution of the deposits. Micromorphological studies denied the traditional view of shell-matrix sites as simple secondary deposits of food remains, providing evidence of trampling surfaces, midden redeposition, domestic spaces, abandonment episodes, and intra-site differences. Dissimilarities were detected in the pre-depositional history of sediments in the shellmounds and shell middens that also attest to differences in site use and function. This comparative study highlights the role of micromorphology in the study of shell-matrix sites as a unique approach intended to disassemble the sequence of events hidden in the intricate stratigraphies. The technique has the potential to reveal microdepositional events and/or the weathering process of the seemingly thick layers of densely packed shell that characterize shell-matrix sites worldwide. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 15/19405-6 - Micromorfologia dos primeiros assentamentos humanos na América do Sul
Beneficiário:Ximena Suarez Villagran
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Regular
Processo FAPESP: 08/51264-0 - Micromorfologia de sítios concheiros da América do Sul: arqueoestratigrafia e processos de formação de sambaquis (Santa Catarina, Brasil) e concheros (Tierra del Fuego, Argentina)
Beneficiário:Ximena Suarez Villagran
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Brasil - Doutorado
Processo FAPESP: 04/11038-0 - Sambaquis e paisagem: modelando a inter-relação entre processos formativos culturais e naturais no litoral sul de Santa Catarina
Beneficiário:Paulo Antônio Dantas de Blasis
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Temático