The Prehistory and Ethnohistory of the Carache Area in Western Venezuela

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Author: Wagner, Erika

Year: 1967

Publisher: Yale University Press

Place: New Haven


ix+137pp with 20 plates, diagrams, maps (some fold out), tables, appendixes and bibliography. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7") issued in reddish-brown wrappers with black lettering to spine and front wrapper. Yale Univeristy Publications in Anthropology number 71. 1st edition.

The following is a report on the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Carache area of western Venezuela. Some work had been carried out there previously, so it was know with certainty that archaeological remains were plentiful and Carache is located near the edge of the Andes, not far from the lower and drier Lara tableland. Geographically and culturally, this is part of the "Intermediate Area" (Wiley, 1959), crucial in prehistoric and protohistoric times for the spread of peoples and the diffusion of their ideas throughout the New World. The archaeological chronology of the area need to be confirmed and expanded. The ethnohistory of the area was to be tested by means of archaeology. After analyzing the archaeological and historical data, two cultural patterns were found in western Venezuela: a so-called Andean pattern, centered in the high tierra fria region, and a Sub-Andean pattern, located in the lower tierra templada zone. This differs from the results of other workers who seem to have overlooked the enviornmental differences in western Venezuela, giving a too simplified picture of the prehistory and ethnohistory of the area.


Edge wear. A very good copy.


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