Similarities, differences, and the network of relations in the Pleistocene-Holocene transition and the Early Holocene in Central Brazil

2019-08-28T02:41:48Z (GMT) by Andrei Isnardis

Abstract The objective of this paper is to explore the similarities and differences between human occupations in Central Brazil during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition and the Early Holocene (11,000 to 9,000 years ago), and to discuss our understanding of these aspects, questioning its theoretical underpinnings. After bringing together a variety of elements presented by researchers working in four areas (the Serra da Capivara in southeastern Piauí, Serranópolis in southwestern Goiás, northern Minas Gerais in the Peruaçu Valley and Montalvânia region, and Middle Tocantins in the Lajeado River region and Lajeado Mountains), we attempt to compare these areas principally with regard to the use and managementof lithic material, the role of the sites, and organization of territory. The final section contains reflections on the theoretical resources usually utilized to compare archaeological contexts as well as suggested alternatives.