The Shag Burial: Preliminary Research Results from a Singular Mortuary Structure of Hunter-Gatherers in Argentinian Patagonia
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Leandro Zilio • español
Abstract. The Shag burial is located in the Santa Cruz province along the northern coast of the Argentinian Patagonia. The Shag burial site is contained by a structure with annular or ring morphology made out of rocks and approximately 10 m in diameter. The structure was altered by Magellanic penguins that built a nesting well, exposing a series of human bone remains on the surface. There is no record of similar mortuary structures within Patagonia. This paper presents a number of data including absolute radiocarbon dates, the plan of the structure, bioanthropological determinations, stable isotope studies of δ13C and δ15N, and taphonomic analyses of the bone remains. The site is interpreted to as a hunter-gatherers mortuary structure dated to the Late Holocene. The isotopic studies on the individual allow us to infer a varied diet, in which both marine and terrestrial food products were consumed.
Keywords: Mortuary practices, Hunter-gatherers, Late Holocene, Stable isotopes, Argentinian Patagonia.
Zilio, L. 2017.
Primeras investigaciones sobre una estructura mortuoria singular de cazadores-recolectores en la Patagonia argentina: el entierro Shag. Arqueología Iberoamericana 33: 57-63.
Publication date: March 16, 2017.
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