Study of lithic carving sequences through experimental models in siliceous rocks of central Argentina
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Gisela Sario & Eduardo Pautassiespañol
Abstract. The archaeological evidence left by the humans who occupied the center of Argentina (comprising the present territory of the provinces of Cordoba and San Luis, Argentina), from the earliest settlements until the moments before the Spanish conquest, shows that these populations developed different strategies and adaptations to the environment over time. One such strategy is the production of lithic artifacts. This contribution specifically addresses the study of sequence of cores and reducing manufacturing bifaces by applying the methodology of the “non-typological” analysis to the study of debitage. These experiments were conducted as a result of the analysis of the lithic technology of archaeological sites located at the archaeological locality of Estancia La Suiza, in San Luis province. The purpose of this paper is to compare the flake debris produced by these experiments to better differentiate types of carving. These results are compared with the archaeological record, in order to better explain how past human groups made their tools, and what comprised the various stages in the process of reduction.
Keywords: sequence of production, debitage, non typological analysis, experimental lithic carving, siliceous rocks.
Sario, G. & E. Pautassi. 2012. Estudio de secuencias de talla lítica a través de modelos experimentales en rocas silíceas del centro de Argentina. Arqueología Iberoamericana 15: 3-12.
Publication date: 31-10-2012.

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