Plant remains of archaeological site Casa Vieja, Callango (Ica)

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Abstract

A paleoethnobotanical study was carried out at the Middle Horizon archaeological site of Casa Vieja, located in Callango within the Lower Ica Valley. A total of 23 species were identified, all determined to be of the Magnoliopyta Division, 78 % (or 18 species) were Magnoliopsid and 22% (or 15 species) Liliopsid. The Fabaceae are the best represented family with 6 species. Most of the analyzed samples correspond to seeds of Gossypium barbadense "cotton". Seventy percent of the species were probably used as food; 48% for artifact-making and construction and 52% for medicinal and curative purposes.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)33-43
Number of pages11
JournalRevista Peruana de Biologia
Volume10
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003

Keywords

  • Callango
  • Casa Vieja
  • Ica
  • Paleoethnobotany
  • Peru
  • Plant remains

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