This November 29 at 12:00 the Lautaro Núñez National History Prize will be presented at the Faculty of Humanities and Education of the University of Valparaíso. “Contemporary archaeology: excavations in the pits of Pisagua and Calama. “The disappeared during the military dictatorship in Chile”, is the title of the talk he will give.
The academic and 2002 National History Prize winner will talk about how archaeological techniques applied to contemporary problems were fundamental to address the situation of missing detainees and burials in illegal graves throughout Chile, and particularly in the excavations of Calama and Pisagua, of which he was a part.
In that sense, Núñez values the fact that these spaces exist to highlight crimes against humanity: “one of the most important aspects that I have observed in recent times is the general role of universities throughout the country to analyze the issue of the civil-military dictatorship through scientific facts, hard facts, seen from anthropology, from history, from sociology. In such a way that it has been possible to collect in all the universities, including of course the University of Tarapacá, this spirit of being able to rethink the 50 years from a serious, very consistent criterion, trying to observe everything that happened with real and documented,” he says.
Meanwhile, Pablo Aravena Núñez, dean of the Faculty of Humanity and Education at the UV and collaborating professor of the doctorate in History at Utarapacá, points to one of the key aspects of the work carried out by the National Prize winner: “How the desert has conditions So particular, climatic and soil, it even preserves the tracks of the trucks that went to remove the bodies of those who were already illegally buried. So, that peculiarity of the terrain is what gives archaeologists and historians so much work.”