Explorando la diversidad dietética en la prehistoria del desierto de Atacama: Un acercamiento a los patrones regionales

Translated title of the contribution: Exploring dietary diversity in the prehistoric Atacama: An approximation of regional patterns

William J. Pestle, Christina Torres-Rouff, Mark Hubbe, S. Francisca Santana, Gonzalo Pimentel, Francisco Gallardo, Kelly J. Knudson

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Abstract

During its prehistory, Chile's desert north was occupied by numerous cultures scattered across the various ecological niches of the region. However, from the Late Archaic forward there is archaeological evidence for the sharing of resources and cultural elements across groups, a practice that intensified during the Middle and Late Intermediate Periods. We explored the dietary composition of local populations through stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses. Our results show a high consumption of marine protein along the coast and nearby regions as well as a possible increase in maize consumption over time. Interestingly, these results show that there was substantial dietary variety internal to these groups. This supports the idea of a regular flow of people and food between the coast and the highlands throughout the prehistoric period.

Translated title of the contributionExploring dietary diversity in the prehistoric Atacama: An approximation of regional patterns
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)201-209
Number of pages9
JournalChungara
Volume47
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Atacama desert
  • Carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analyses
  • Paleodiet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology

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    Pestle, W. J., Torres-Rouff, C., Hubbe, M., Francisca Santana, S., Pimentel, G., Gallardo, F., & Knudson, K. J. (2015). Explorando la diversidad dietética en la prehistoria del desierto de Atacama: Un acercamiento a los patrones regionales. Chungara, 47(2), 201-209.