Quebrada Jaguay: Early South American Maritime Adaptations

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Science  18 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5384, pp. 1830-1832
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5384.1830

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Excavations at Quebrada Jaguay 280 (QJ-280) (16°30′S) in south coastal Peru demonstrated that Paleoindian-age people of the Terminal Pleistocene (about 11,100 to 10,000 carbon-14 years before the present or about 13,000 to 11,000 calibrated years before the present) in South America relied on marine resources while resident on the coast, which extends the South American record of maritime exploitation by a millennium. This site supports recent evidence that Paleoindian-age people had diverse subsistence systems. The presence of obsidian at QJ-280 shows that the inhabitants had contact with the adjacent Andean highlands during the Terminal Pleistocene.

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