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A late pleistocene human presence at Huaca Prieta, Peru, and early Pacific Coastal adaptations

  • Tom D. Dillehay (a1) (a2), Duccio Bonavia (a3), Steve L. Goodbred (a4), Mario Pino (a5), Victor Vásquez (a6) and Teresa Rosales Tham (a6)...
Abstract

Archaeological excavations in deep pre-mound levels at Huaca Prieta in northern Peru have yielded new evidence of late Pleistocene cultural deposits that shed insights into the early human occupation of the Pacific coast of South America. Radiocarbon dates place this occupation between ~ 14,200 and 13,300 cal yr BP. The cultural evidence shares certain basic technological and subsistence traits, including maritime resources and simple flake tools, with previously discovered late Pleistocene sites along the Pacific coast of Peru and Chile. The results help to expand our knowledge of early maritime societies and human adaption to changing coastal environments.

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*Corresponding author at: Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, TN, USA. E-mail address: tom.d.dillehay@vanderbilt.edu (T.D. Dillehay).
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