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      Zooarqueología de un centro administrativo inca del Valle de Yocavil (Catamarca): el Tambo de Punta de Balasto Translated title: Zooarchaeology of an Inca administrative center of the Yocavil Valley (Catamarca): Tambo de Punta de Balasto

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          Este trabajo presenta los resultados del análisis de la arqueofauna del sitio inca Tambo de Punta de Balasto, localizado al sur del valle de Yocavil o Santa María (Catamarca, Argentina). Tambo de Punta de Balasto es un centro imperial; entre sus funciones debió estar la administración político-económica del territorio y el albergue de autoridades y trabajadores al servicio del Estado. El artículo hace foco en la fauna de un basural en las inmediaciones del Grupo Arquitectónico 7, una estructura del tipo kancha. Si bien se conocen otros materiales faunísticos del Período Inca del Noroeste argentino, la mayoría proviene de sitios del Período Desarrollos Regionales que fueron afectados al Tawantinsuyu, mientras que el Tambo de Punta de Balasto fue construido y utilizado exclusivamente para fines de la administración imperial.

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          The results of ananalysis of thearchaeofaunal remains from Tambo de Punta de Balasto archaeological site are presented here; the site is located at the southern limit of the Yocavil valley, Province of Catamarca, Argentina. The site is an imperial facility dated to the Inca Periodthat should have operated as an administrative center, and which should have hostedmainly State officers and tributary (mit'a) workers. Another probable function of the site was territorial control. This report focalizes on afaunal assemblage from a midden located near Architectural Group 7, a dwelling of the kancha type. Even though there exist other known faunal assemblages dated the Inca Period of northwestern Argentina, fauna from Tambo de Punta de Balasto stands as one of the few cases corresponding to an exclusively imperial site, as most of former assemblages belong to pre-Inkan settlements or to sites of local tradition subjected to the Tawantinsuyu.

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                Revista del Museo de Antropología
                Rev. Mus. Antropol.
                Museo de Antropología; Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades; Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Córdoba, , Argentina )
                December 2016
                : 9
                : 2
                : 17-26
                orgnameInstituto de las Culturas (IDECU), Universidad de Buenos Aires, CONICET, Museo etnográfico J. B. Ambrosetti (FFyL-UBA). Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. E-Mail: crbelotti@

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