20225402(en)/3 - From Here, There and Beyond... Rocks and Sands in Miriguaca (Antofagasta de La Sierra, Catamarca) at the Beginning of the First Millenium AC
FROM HERE, THERE AND BEYOND... ROCKS AND SANDS IN MIRIGUACA (ANTOFAGASTA DE LA SIERRA, CATAMARCA) AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST MILLENIUM AC
DE AQUÍ, DE ALLÁ Y MÁS ALLÁ... ROCAS Y ARENAS EN MIRIGUACA (ANTOFAGASTA DE LA SIERRA, CATAMARCA) A INICIOS DEL PRIMER MILENIO DC
Natalia Sentinelli, Leticia I. Gasparotti y Patricia S. Escola
Our research on the Miriguaca gorge (Antofagasta de la Sierra, Catamarca) aims to shed light on early agropastoral societies in this area of the Meridional Puna. We delve into the technological choices made in relation to the raw materials used to produce lithic instruments and ceramic pieces that we have found in Las Escondidas. The site may correspond to one or more semi-permanent occupations and, for this type of context, has one of the earliest recorded dates in the region within the first millennium AC. We consider the variability of inputs (rocks, clays, and sands) used in the production of these two artifactual assemblages, based on a qualitative-quantitative study, and we explore the potential availability of these resources at different scales. We register notable differences between the great variability of rocks used for the production of lithic instruments and the strong homogeneity observed in the ceramic raw materials, which allows us to suggest that the particular choices for each technology involved different dispositions of the technological habitus, places, and nearby and distant people. However, some recurrences indicate that, in certain cases, the circuits for obtaining raw materials experienced similar flows.