Micro sample 461


Two stone artifacts recovered from Ranere's 1971 excavations of Boquete phase deposits in the Casita de Piedra rockshelter (Ranere 1980) had maize starch grains adhering to them (Dickau et al. 2007:Table 1). A stone "base" (artifact No. 64/18) recovered from Unit 3, Layer C2 had 18 maize starch grains, while a chopper (artifact No. 76/2), recovered from Unit 5, Layer C2 had four definite and one tentatively identified maize starch grains.

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References Cited

Dickau, R., A. J. Ranere and R. G. Cooke
    2007    From the Cover: Starch Grain Evidence for the Preceramic Dispersals of Maize and Root Crops into Tropical Dry and Humid Forests of Panama. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences USA 104(9):3651-3656.

Ranere, A. J.
    1980    Preceramic Shelters in the Talamancan Range. In Adaptive Radiations in Prehistoric Panama, edited by O. F. Linares and A. J. Ranere, pp. 16–43. Peabody Museum Monographs, Vol. 5. Harvard University Press, Cambridge.


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