Health at the time of Native-European contact in Southern Patagonia. First steps, results, and prospects|
Ricardo Aníbal Guichón; Jorge Alejandro Suby; Romina Casali & Martín Horacio Fugassa
The objective of this paper is to present the first steps into the study of health in southern Patagonia during pre and post Native-European contact. Thus, our work has a double purpose. First, to discuss characteristics and relevance of human bone records of southern Patagonia, in order to study health in a population context. Second, to show some new lines of information, which include paleoparasitology, nutritional paleopathologies, and the study of lifestyles from human remains. In this context, we have started working on the first Spanish settlement "Nombre de Jesus", founded in 1584, and with historical documentation of "La Candelaria" Mission in Rio Grande (1896-1931).
paleopathology - archaeology - southern Patagonia