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The Long-Term Tupiguarani Occupation in Southeastern Brazil

  • K D Macario (a1), A Buarque (a2), R Scheel-Ybert (a3), R M Anjos (a1), P R S Gomes (a1), M Beauclair (a3) and C Hatté (a4)...

Abstract

We discuss some aspects of the chronology of the Tupiguarani occupation in the southeastern Brazilian coast based on the analyses of 3 charcoal samples from the Morro Grande archaeological site (Rio de Janeiro state). 14C beta spectroscopy and accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) techniques were used to determine ages of 2920 ± 70 BP, 2600 ± 160 BP, and 510 ± 160 BP. The occurrence of these ancient dates in southeastern Brazil has important implications for understanding the origin and dispersion of Tupian populations from Amazonia, supporting recent hypotheses that their expansion must have begun well before 2000 BP. On the other hand, the most recent date is a strong indication of a possible reoccupation of the site by the same cultural group around the time. These results show that the Tupiguarani occupation began at least about 3000 yr ago and lasted until its collapse with the European invasion in the 16th century.

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The Long-Term Tupiguarani Occupation in Southeastern Brazil

  • K D Macario (a1), A Buarque (a2), R Scheel-Ybert (a3), R M Anjos (a1), P R S Gomes (a1), M Beauclair (a3) and C Hatté (a4)...

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