Catarpe in the Atacama Desert of Chile: The Spirit Site or the Site of the Spirit?

Atria Lannefranque, Jorge (2008) Catarpe in the Atacama Desert of Chile: The Spirit Site or the Site of the Spirit? In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Among many cultural manifestations developed by the people who inhabited our Pre Hispanic America, we find the Incas who stopped their conqueror step and set their eyes on Catarpe, which is an extended meseta (plateau), at the Chilean north, that overlooks the San Pedro River, in the middle of the Atacama Desert. Attentive to the "site spirit" that detained and met them with its silence and the vastness of its faraway horizons, the Incas built a new settlement that turned out to be both useful and functional at their founding purposes, but also enabled them to give sacred character to the territory full of meanings by means of an architecture that collects and integrates in a whole the space, the matter, the landscape and a particular understanding of the universe that characterized these people worshippers of the sun. Even today the "site spirit" in Catarpe is still beating, becoming this place in the "site of the spirit", in the place that the memory cannot disappear or move into oblivion.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Atria Lannefranque, Jorge
Languages: English
Keywords: archaeological site; human settlement; Incas; historic site; spirit of place
Subjects: O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 03. Archaeological sites
B. ARCHAEOLOGY > 02. Archaeological site and remains
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Catarpe, Atacama Desert, Chile
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2010 18:03
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:13

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