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'Uyuni Préhispanique'

Archéologie de la Cordillère Intersalar (Sud-Ouest Bolivien)

Patrice Lecoq
Paris Monographs in American Archaeology


This book examines the Uyuni, who inhabited the Intersalar area of south-west Bolivia in Prehispanic times. This is one of the main centres for the exploitation of salt which enabled the inhabitants to obtain miscellaneous complementary products such as corn, chilli, wood, coca leaves etc. Various archaeological data, gathered from 110 sites dated to six periods (Formative Horizon, Ancient Intermediary, Middle Horizon, Late Intermediary, the Inca, Colonial and Contemporary), show that this area was once the centre of strong human occupancy. Settlements and small finds are discussed resulting in a comprehensive picture of life over centuries.