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On confluence and contestation in the Orinoco interaction sphere: the engraved rock art of the Atures Rapids

Riris, P; (2017) On confluence and contestation in the Orinoco interaction sphere: the engraved rock art of the Atures Rapids. Antiquity , 91 (360) pp. 1603-1619. 10.15184/aqy.2017.152. Green open access

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Abstract

he Atures Rapids have long been considered a major point of confluence in the Middle Orinoco landscape, Venezuela. This has been underlined by newly discovered rock art panels on islands within the Rapids and on the margins of the Orinoco River. The panels were recorded photographically and photogrammetrically, and the spatial organisation and taphonomic factors affecting the corpus were investigated. The rock art was also examined in the context of established models of chronology and authorship. Placing the corpus in relation to archaeological and ethnographic evidence from Amazonia and the Guianas emphasises how the Atures Rapids structured pre-Columbian and Colonial contact between diverse groups in lowland South America.

Type: Article
Title: On confluence and contestation in the Orinoco interaction sphere: the engraved rock art of the Atures Rapids
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2017.152
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2017.152
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Venezuela, Orinoco, Yuruparí complex, petroglyphs, aerial photogrammetry
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064519
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