Advances in the Bioarchaeology of Northern Chaco
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Guillermo N. Lamenza & Marcos Plischuk • español
Abstract. Bioanthropological research carried out in the South American Gran Chaco has begun to address the lack of such knowledge in the region. Here we present the analysis of materials recovered at the site Puerto 14 de Mayo, whose particular importance lies in being the only site in the Chaco Boreal that has been systematically addressed archaeologically. Successive archaeological excavations have revealed human burials dated to ca. 1800 B.P. (LP2897 and LP3167), in which there are at least six individuals, five adults and one subadult. Through paleopathological analysis, possible features of the group’s way of life were determined, such as a diet with low levels of carbohydrates and the consumption of food with abrasive characteristics. These results allow us to add new information to a virtually unexplored archaeological region and contribute to an understanding of the space-time framework of human occupation in the South American lowlands.
Keywords: Human skeletal remains, Paleopathology, Late Holocene, South American Gran Chaco.
Lamenza, G. N. & M. Plischuk. 2015. Avances en bioarqueología del Chaco boreal. Arqueología Iberoamericana 28: 75-80. URL:
Publication date: 8 December 2015.
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