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Hakenasa Cave and its relevance for the peopling of the southern Andean Altiplano

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 November 2011

Daniela Osorio
Affiliation:
1Departamento de Antropología, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Chile, Av. Capitán Ignacio Carrera Pinto 1025, Santiago, Chile (Email: daniosorio8@gmail.com; djackson@uchile.cl)
Donald Jackson
Affiliation:
1Departamento de Antropología, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Chile, Av. Capitán Ignacio Carrera Pinto 1025, Santiago, Chile (Email: daniosorio8@gmail.com; djackson@uchile.cl)
Paula C. Ugalde
Affiliation:
2Centro de Investigaciones del Hombre en el Desierto, Av. General Velásquez 1775, Of. 403, Arica, Chile
Claudio Latorre
Affiliation:
3CASEB/Departamento de Ecología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Avda. Libertado Bernado O'Higgins 340, Santiago, Chile; Institute of Ecology & Biodiversity, University of Chile, Casilla 653, Santiago, Chile (Email: clatorre@bio.puc.cl)
Ricardo De Pol-Holz
Affiliation:
4Departamento Oceanografía, Universidad de Concepción, Casilla 160-C, Barrio Universitario s/n, Concepción, Chile; Earth System Science Department, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, USA (Email: rdepolho@uci.edu)
Calogero M. Santoro
Affiliation:
2Centro de Investigaciones del Hombre en el Desierto, Av. General Velásquez 1775, Of. 403, Arica, Chile 5Instituto de Alta Investigación, Departamento de Antropología, Universidad de Tarapacá, General Velásquez # 1775, Arica, Chile (Author for correspondence, email: calogero_santoro@yahoo.com)

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Researchers in the High Andes in northern Chile report the study of a fine cave sequence, supported by 19 radiocarbon dates. The initial occupation at c. 11 500 cal BP represents the earliest human occupation known at this altitude. The toolkit suggests a hunting (logistical) camp used to take advantage of the animals gathering in the rich wetland of the neighbourhood.

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Copyright © Antiquity Publications Ltd 2011

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