The Nineteenth-Century British Ceramics Trade to Southwestern South America: An Initial Characterization of the Archaeological Evidence from Chile

  • Alasdair BrooksEmail author
  • Simón Urbina
  • Leonor Adán
  • Diego Carabias
  • Valeria Sepulveda
  • Horacio Chiavazza
  • Valeria Zorrilla
Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)


Ceramics are one of the most visible and readily identifiable material means of examining British engagement with South and Central America during and after the Wars of Independence in the second and third decades of the nineteenth century. However, despite the significance of Chile as an important trade market for British exports, including ceramics, the archaeological signature of this trade is still poorly understood. The authors offer a preliminary overview of post-independence British ceramics from Chilean archaeological sites, placing the archaeological evidence in both regional and international context.


British ceramics Chile Argentina Trade Valparaiso Mendoza Valdivia 



This research stems from seminars and workshops hosted by the Mauricio Van de Maele Historical and Anthropological Museum of the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia, Chile, funded by projects FONDECYT 1130730 and 1171735 of Chile’s National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development. The meetings involved representatives from the Universidad Austral de Chile , the Center for Investigations in the Maritime Archeology of the South Eastern Pacific (ARQMAR) and ÀRKA-Maritime unit in Valparaíso, Chile, researchers of the Nacional University of Cuyo and Research Center of Ruins of San Francisco (Mendoza, Argentina), and the British Red Cross Museum and Archives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alasdair Brooks
    • 1
    Email author
  • Simón Urbina
    • 2
  • Leonor Adán
    • 3
  • Diego Carabias
    • 4
  • Valeria Sepulveda
    • 5
  • Horacio Chiavazza
    • 6
  • Valeria Zorrilla
    • 7
  1. 1.British Red CrossLondonUK
  2. 2.Dirección Museológica, Universidad Austral de ChileValdiviaChile
  3. 3.Dirección de Vinculación con el Medio, Universidad Austral de ChileValdiviaChile
  4. 4.ARQMAR-Centro de Investigaciones en Arqueología Marítima del Pacífico Sur OrientalValparaísoChile
  5. 5.ÀRKA-Arqueología MarítimaValparaísoChile
  6. 6.Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Instituto de Arqueología y Etnología, Municipalidad de MendozaMendozaArgentina
  7. 7.Centro de Investigaciones Ruinas de San FranciscoMendozaArgentina

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