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La exploración de Edward Palmer en varias cuevas mortuorias en Coahuila en el siglo XIX

by Leticia González Arratia

In 1880 Edward Palmer, a British botanist, went through Comarca Lagunera where he found several caves with mortuary remains and a good quantity of associated wood, feather, and bone artifacts, as well as shells, textiles, and stone objects. During his exploration in Coahuila he left records of the sites he found looted by the workers who were extracting guano from the caves, and by those who thought they would find treasures hidden by the Spanish after independence. The custom of wrapping and tying the corpse with the deceased's belongings maintained the association between an individual and his or her tools, ornaments and clothing. A later exploration in La Candelaria cave in Coahuila, between 1953 and 1954, provided materials similar to those found by Palmer. They were studied in terms of the technology and economy of the inhabitants of the area. A more recent approach studied those materials from the perspective of ideology, rites and beliefs, thus enriching desert archaeology. For this book, Leticia González studied the original collections at the Smithsonian Institution and the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, in order to confirm and expand the information on Palmer and his findings, and to present a complete account of the archaeological materials associated with the mortuary bundles found. In Spanish.

Published by Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (Mexico, D.F.), 2006. 101 pp. ISBN: 968-03-0169-9.

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