Archaeology beyond boundaries: connecting Mexico with South America

March 5, 2010
Urban Archaeology Center, University of Buenos Aires (UBA)

Urban Archaeology Center, University of Buenos Aires (UBA)

After a long absence, we are back to tell you everything that has been going on at El Carrizal for the past few months. Reports written, grant applications submitted and analysis almost done; we started thinking about multidisciplinary approaches for 2010’s season.

Thanks to the Asociación Universitaria Iberoamericana de Posgrado (AUIP) and its internship program, Natalia was awarded a grant that allowed her to visit the Urban Archaeology Center of the Buenos Aires University (UBA), coordinated by Dr. Daniel Schávelzon. A collaboration plan was established, which consists in:

  1. Dr. Daniel Schávelzon will advise and help us with the restoration of El Carrizal’s railway station, which will become a community Museum in 2010.
  2. UBA’s team will counsel on conservation issues related to the liberation of Mound 14, also planned for 2010.
  3. Both Mexican and Argentinian students will be in touch, in order to share experiences, bibliography and data.
Dr. Schávelzon and part of his team

Dr. Schávelzon and part of his team

Apart from that, we visited Universidad Nacional de Rosario (UNR) archaeology lab, where we discussed lithic technologies and ceramics with archaeologist David Ávila and Anahí Macanuso. After this engaging meeting, we decided to exchange students in El Carrizal’s 2010 excavation season, as well as surveys that will take place near Venado Tuerto in Argentina during 2011.

Anahí Macanuso and David Ávila at Universidad Nacional de Rosario (UNR) Archaeology Lab

Anahí Macanuso and David Ávila at Universidad Nacional de Rosario (UNR) Archaeology Lab

Incorporating archaeologists and students from all over the world will contribute expanding our views, compare, contrast the researches and also start building an international collaboration community. We hope web sites, blogs, social networks and other tools will help us create longstanding relationships.

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