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Destruction and abandonment practices at La Rinconada, Ambato Valley (Catamarca, Argentina)

Gordillo, I; Vindrola-Padrós, B; (2017) Destruction and abandonment practices at La Rinconada, Ambato Valley (Catamarca, Argentina). Antiquity , 91 (355) pp. 155-172. 10.15184/aqy.2016.259. Green open access

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Abstract

Occupation of the Ambato Valley in north-western Argentina ended abruptly in around AD 1200, with destructive abandonment resulting in burnt and collapsed buildings. Analysis of broken pottery sherds from La Rinconada suggests that this may have been the outcome of a deliberate ‘closing’ activity. Re-fitted vessels were found to be largely complete despite extensive fragmentation; two portions of one vessel were 10m apart with a wall in between. Conjoining fragments of other vessels exhibited contrasting effects of thermal alteration, or were associated with lithic objects that may have been used to destroy them, or appeared to have been deliberately arranged. The evidence is altogether indicative of the intentional destruction and deposition of this material immediately prior to the burning of the site.

Type: Article
Title: Destruction and abandonment practices at La Rinconada, Ambato Valley (Catamarca, Argentina)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2016.259
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2016.259
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: Argentina; Middle Period; Period of Regional Integration; ceramics; fragmentation; deposition
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
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10136768
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