Archaeology and Human Rights: Solving Crimes of State Terrorism in Argentina (1976-1983)
This talk will explain cases where archaeological intervention was useful in recovering repressive practices of state terrorism during the last dictatorship in Argentina between 1976 and 1983. This archeological intervention helped with the recovering of bodies and identities of people detained illegally and clandestinely by the armed forces of the state, a practice that was undertaken through a systematic process. The oldest archaeological work in detention centers and mass graves in cemeteries in the city of Córdoba, Argentina, allowed then to provide information used by the courts to solve these crimes against humanity and punish those responsible.
Andrés Laguens (PhD 1995, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina) is the Academic Director of INDACOR (Institute of Anthropology Córdoba, Argentina) and Senior Researcher at the National Council for Science and Technology of Argentina. He is professor of archaeology at the Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, where he also coordinates the Doctorate Program in Anthropological Sciences, with the support of the Wenner-Gren Foundation. His research focuses in social inequality in past societies and the relationships between people, things and nature. He has been conducting a research project at the Andes of Argentina since 1996, analyzing the emergence of social differences and their reproduction and persistence as multidimensional phenomena. At the present time, he is interested in past onthologies and material culture in Andean societies. Since 2002 he has collaborated with argentine Justice in the archaeology of clandestine detention centres of the last military dictatorship in Argentina. He is also interested in the public communication of archaeology, and has been curator of the current exhibition of the Museo de Antropología of Córdoba and other temporary ones. During Winter quarter 2013, Professor Laguens teaches ANTHRO 111A/211A: Archeology of the Andes of Argentina.