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Retention of hunter-gatherer economies among maritime foragers from Caleta Vitor, northern Chile, during the late Holocene: evidence from stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic analysis of skeletal remains

Roberts, Amy; Pate, Donald; Petruzzelli, Bianca; Carter, Chris; Westaway, Michael C.; Santoro, Calogero M; Swift, Jaime; Maddern, Todd; Jacobsen, Geraldine; Bertuch, Fiona; Rothhammer, Francisco


On the basis of stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis of human remains, this paper provides evidence for the retention of hunter-gatherer economies among coastal inhabitants in northern Chile during the late Holocene - at the same time that inland populations were adopting agricultural economies. Coastal diets from the Caleta Vitor region of the Atacama Desert were dominated by marine-based foods, predominantly from upper trophic levels. The focus on reliable marine food resources is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2013.01.009


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