The exploitation of Rheidae in Pampa and Patagonia (Argentina) as seen in chroniclers, naturalists and voyagers’ documents (XVI-XIX centuries)

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The exploitation of Rheidae in Pampa and Patagonia (Argentina) as seen in chroniclers, naturalists and voyagers’ documents (XVI-XIX centuries)

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S1-5, Advances in Neotropical Zooarchaeology, poster

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Abstract:

Documents from chroniclers, naturalists and voyagers that travel along the Pampas and Patagonia (Argentina) between XVI and XIX centuries are analyzed under the aim of building material expectations on the profit of Rheidae used by the historical known natives. This corpus of data will be treated as heuristic tool in the study of local archaeological sites, since bones and shell eggs of rheids are recorded in most of the Pampean and Patagonian archaeological contexts from early to late Holocene. Whereas remains of this ostrich-like family conforms a small portion of the total archaeofaunal assemblages, chronicler’s narratives describe an intensive and preferential use of the “ñandú” (ostrich-like) by the natives.

The proposal is based in the appropriateness of using the ethnohistorical record as a tool to generate expectations and analogies, as well as the ethnographical, ethnoarchaeological and experimental studies. However, it is clear the difficulties in applying the ethnohistorical information to the archaeological record if it is considered that those descriptions are involved in analytical categories related to the voyager’s historical and social contexts.

Authors:

SALEMME Mónica1 and FRONTINI Romina2

Affiliations

1 CADIC – CONICET y Universidad de la Patagonia, B. Houssay 200, (9410) Ushuaia, Argentina, msalemme@cadic.gov.ar
2 Universidad Nacional del Sur – CONICET. 12 de octubre y San Juan, 5to piso, of.10, (8000) Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina, frontiniromina@gmail.com

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Salemme, Mónica
Frontini, Romina

Date

August 2010

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Salemme, Mónica and Frontini, Romina. "The exploitation of Rheidae in Pampa and Patagonia (Argentina) as seen in chroniclers, naturalists and voyagers’ documents (XVI-XIX centuries)," in BoneCommons, Item #1512, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/1512 (accessed December 13, 2019).

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