As part of our ethnoarchaeological research project in Beagle Canal (Tierra del Fuego, Argentina) an extensive program of taphonomic studies was undertaken in order to understand site formation processes in the area. The landscape was particulary suited for carrying out controled bioestratinomic researches on three species of herbivores (guanaco, cattle and sheep) and on the exploitation of carcasses by the Patagonian fox. The importance of considering the action of small carnivores for the evaluation of taphonomic loss was evident. Our studies stress the need to evaluate the relationship between foxes and the inhabitants of prehistoric campsites as well as the occupation frequencies of specific sites if one hopes to reach acceptable palaeoeconomic inferences about them.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2000|