INSTITUTO ARGENTINO DE NIVOLOGIA, GLACIOLOGIA Y CIENCIAS AMBIENTALES
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
congresos y reuniones científicas
Different Means to Similar Ends: Convergent Paths of Intensification in the Prehistoric Great Basin and Central-Western Argentina
GIL, A; ZEANAH, D.
Congreso; Great Basin Anthropological Conference; 2012
Great Basin Anthropological Conference
Great Basin and Central Western Argentina prehistories appear to have culminated in similar adaptations via different paths of intensification. While seeds and ground stone tools show-up in the Middle Holocene of the Great Basin, no comparable appearance occurs in Central Western Argentina until the early-Late Holocene. About the same time, the Central Western faunal assemblages shift from a preponderance of large game to a broader array of animals, but the reverse pattern occurs in the Great Basin. Nonetheless, foragers faced broadly similar environmental challenges in the two regions. We consider explanations for why intensification played out differently by contrasting the prehistoric context of the two areas.