20185001(en)/04-“The Transition” Viewed from the Intermountains Basins of the Argentine Northwest: New Data of Quebrada de Los Corrales (El Infiernillo, Tucumán, Argentina)
“THE TRANSITION” VIEWED FROM THE INTERMOUNTAINS BASINS OF THE ARGENTINE NORTHWEST: NEW DATA OF QUEBRADA DE LOS CORRALES(EL INFIERNILLO, TUCUMÁN, ARGENTINA)
“LA TRANSICIÓN” VISTA DESDE LOS VALLES INTERMONTANOS DEL NOROESTE ARGENTINO: NUEVOS DATOS DE LA QUEBRADA DE LOS CORRALES
(EL INFIERNILLO, TUCUMÁN, ARGENTINA)
Nurit Oliszewski, Jorge G. Martínez, Guillermo A. Arreguez, C. Matías Gramajo Bühler and M. Eugenia Naharro
Quebrada de Los Corrales (El Infiernillo, Tucumán, Argentina) is located above 3,000 masl in northern sector of Sierras del Aconquija. The research carried out so far allowed the identification of diverse types of archaeological evidence corresponding to different moments of human occupation which began in the Middle Holocene (ca. 7,800-600 BP). This long occupational sequence of about 7,000 years makes Quebrada de Los Corrales a good starting point for reflecting on diverse pre-Hispanic processes that occurred in the Argentinean northwest from the early occupations to the establishment of an important agro-pastoral village during the first millennium of the Christian era. In this paper, we present a series of pieces of evidences corresponding to the period of transition from a hunter-gatherer way of life to an agro-pastoral one, which occurred-on a macro-regional scale-between ca. 4,000 and 2,000 years BP. We evaluated the possibilities of the occurrence of a local transitional process.