Memories from Darkness

Archaeology of Repression and Resistance in Latin America

  • Pedro Funari
  • Andres Zarankin
  • Melissa Salerno

Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Theoretical Discussions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alejandro F. Haber
      Pages 3-8
    3. Carl Henrik Langebaek
      Pages 9-23
    4. Pedro Paulo A. Funari, Nanci Vieira de Oliveira
      Pages 25-31
  3. Search for and Identification of Desaparecidos

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 46-46
  4. Clandestine detention centers

  5. Objects and Representations

  6. Emblematic Case Studies

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 176-191

About this book


The study of Archaeology in Latin America has been strongly affected by the socio-political setting of the region. The history of state repression in the 1960s-1980s is particularly challenging to study, with many holes in the traditional accounts of events. Several dictatorships (especially military governments) emerged during this period dominated by the development of the Cold War and the consequences of the Cuban Revolution. Repressive regimes remained in power for decades, until internal and international changes allowed democracy to take over a firm hold.

State terrorism included censorship, exile, detention, torture, murder, and forced disappearance. Written documents on political violence are scarce and fragmentary, with many of these sources deliberately destroyed by government authorities. New archaeological methods must be employed to reconstruct the history of the period, helping to disclose the silenced voice of victims, relatives and society as a whole.

The contributions in this important volume show the socio-political commitment of Archaeology in Latin American to shed light on the specific case of dictatorship and repression in the region. The techniques described will also provide a valuable resource for archaeologists working to understand the nature of political violence worldwide and reconstruct other historical periods without reliable written sources.


Argentina Brazil Che Guevara Cold War Conflict Conflict Archaeology Cuban Revolution Desaparecidos Repression Revolution Uruguay Venezuela history of dictatorship military regimes political violence

Editors and affiliations

  • Pedro Funari
    • 1
  • Andres Zarankin
    • 2
  • Melissa Salerno
    • 3
  1. 1.Inst. Filosofia e Ciências HumanasUniversidade Estadual de CampinasCampinasBrazil
  2. 2.Ciencias HumanasInstituo Multidisciplinar de Historia yBuenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET)Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Buenos AiresArgentina

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