A preliminary note on core reduction methods at the open-air site of Vadopampa, Ayacucho, Peru

A. Pérez

Abstract


Following a systematic survey of the site at Vadopampa, in the south-central highlands of the central Andes, several concentrations of debitage were identified. Lithics collected from one such concentration were subjected to technological analyses aimed at identifying the core reduction methods. The results reveal aspects of human activity and the manipulation of the available raw material. The chaîne opératoire approach permitted a dynamic reconstruction of the reduction processes used. The preliminary results allow the first stage of lithic reduction within the assemblage to be identified.

Full reference: Pérez Balazero, A. 2017. A preliminary note on core reduction methods at the open-air site of Vadopampa, Ayacucho, Peru. Lithics: the Journal of the Lithic Studies Society 38: 40–56.

Keywords: Central Andes, south-central highlands, chaîne opératoire, débitage


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