publication . Article . 2010

Pre-Columbian Population Dynamics and Cultural Development in South Coast Perú as Revealed by Analysis of Ancient DNA

Fehren-Schmitz, Lars;
Open Access Spanish; Castilian
  • Published: 24 Mar 2010
  • Publisher: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Abstract
In this paper I report on a study whose principal aim is to understand the development and decline of the southern Peruvian Nasca culture in the upper Río Grande de Nasca drainage, and its cultural and biological affinities to the preceding Paracas culture. Ancient DNA analyses were conducted on over 300 pre-Columbian individuals from various cemeteries in southern Perú, from periods ranging from the Formative Period to the Middle Horizon. Our results show that the Nasca populations are close related to those of the preceding Paracas culture, and combined with archaeological data, suggest that the Nasca culture was autochthonous to the Río Grande drainage. Furth...
Subjects
free text keywords: ADN antiguo, Nasca, Paracas, Genética de poblaciones, ADN mitocondrial
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