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New formulae for estimating prehistoric populations for lowland South America and the Caribbean

  • L. Antonio Curet (a1)

The estimation of past population levels continues to be an important aspect of archaeological research. Here Antonio Curet offers new formulae for estimating prehistoric populations in lowland South America and the Caribbean using data derived from houses and settlements.

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