Adrián Oyaneder Rodriguez

Adrian Oyaneder Rodriguez



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Archaeology
Department: Archaeology
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for the Archaeology of the Americas

I received my Licenciatura in Archaeology from the Universidad de Tarapacá in 2011 (Chile). For this degree I carried out a prospection focused on the lower reaches of the Camarones Valley; an oasis located in one of the driest places on earth, the Atacama Desert. From that first experience I developed a close connection with this landscape to the point of focusing my attention on making known the archaeological potentialities that this place offers. For my doctoral research I centre the attention on studying material evidence left by small-scale societies in the Camarones River Basin. This is done by applying a multiproxy analysis of the abundant surface archaeological record (fieldwalking, macroscopic material culture analysis, and remote sensing). The archaeological traces left by small-scale societies tend to be regarded ephemeral, yet from my current investigation all signs point to interpret that this type of evidence challenges the presumptions on the diversity of human groups in Camarones. The evidence found on this valley proves that human settlement in an environment that could be labelled as harsh from a modernistic point of view, in the past was inhabited incessantly.