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Chungará (Arica)

versión On-line ISSN 0717-7356

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REYES, Omar; MENA, Francisco; VELASQUEZ, Héctor  y  TREJO, Valentina. ARQUEOLOGÍA DEL SIGLO XX: EL CASO DE ISLA DE LOS MUERTOS, PATAGONIA OCCIDENTAL, AISÉN. Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2004, vol.36, suppl., pp.131-139. ISSN 0717-7356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562004000300016.

There is an old Christian cemetery on the mouth of the Rio Baker (IX Region) that has nourished the most disparate stories about its unknown origins. Limited archaeological excavations at the site and the systematic analysis of the recovered material remains have made a very valuable contribution to the discussion. The archaeological excavations conducted at the Isla de los Muertos historical cemetery stand out in the context of chilean historical archaeology because of the sparseness of the material remains they have rendered (in contrast, say, to the magnitude of cultural material recovered in urban and/or monumental settings), and because they deal with a modern time-period (contrasting, again, with most national Historical Archaeology, which focuses on the colonial times). We feel, however, that the main difference between this and other research projects in historical archaeology, is that it was led from the outset by ideas and hypotheses taken from written documents, instead of using it as a means to enrich the discussion of previously known archaeological materials, as it is often the case. The study differs also from common archaeological practice in Chile in having been motivated and funded by the local community, which values Isla de los Muertos as a central element of their cultural heritage and as a touristic attraction. This attitude has helped to preserve the cemetery from any destruction or intervention, and our research should be regarded as one step on a long process towards the recognizion of the site as a National Historical Monument, geared towards its future habilitation for touristic and educational visits

Palabras clave : Historical Archaeology; Aisen colonization; cemetery; X ray fluorescence.

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