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8316 - Archaeology and Territories of Contact: The Serrana dos Quilombos in Northeastern Brazil

As with many areas around the globe, northeastern Brazil was the stage for cultural dynamics that involved the movement of diverse peoples since prehistoric to colonial times. The subsequent meeting of these different peoples led to cultural borrowing, erasure, innovation and the emergence of new social groups. During the early years of contact, owing to diverse reasons, certain geographic regions appear to have facilitated the survival of groups whose neighbors were being decimated or incorporated into colonial society at an alarming rate. The implications for the archaeological study of these 'refuge zones' are many and require concepts and models that can take into account the dynamism that certainly marked the period. The area known as the Serrana dos Quilombos will be discussed, building on the issues and problems that have emerged through archaeological investigations on a few sites. As the study of this region is still incipient, the objective of the presentation is to spark discussion and to exchange ideas with scholars dealing with similar issues.

Keywords: Northeastern Brazil, Archaeology of Contact, Alagoas, Pernambuco

Author: Allen, Scott Joseph (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil / Brasilien)

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